Tetley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Tetley belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the village of Tetley found in the counties of Lancashire and Cheshire. Tetley is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. During the Middle Ages, as society became more complex, individuals needed a way to be distinguishable from others. Toponymic surnames were developed as a result of this need. Various features in the landscape or area were used to distinguish people from one another. In this case the surname Tetley was originally derived from the Old English personal name Taeta from the Old Norse word Teitr meaning cheerful and the Old English word leah menaing wood clearing. In this case the original bearers of the surname Tetley were named due to their close proximity to Taeta's wood clearing.

Early Origins of the Tetley family

The surname Tetley was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest of 1066.

Early History of the Tetley family

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Tetley Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Tetley include Tetley, Tetlow, Tetlaw, Titley and others.

Early Notables of the Tetley family (pre 1700)

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United States Tetley migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Tetley were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Tetley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edith Tetley, aged 4, who immigrated to the United States from Burkenshaw, in 1894
Tetley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Emily Denton Tetley, aged 44, who settled in America from Hoylake, in 1905
  • Alfred Edward Tetley, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1905
  • Alan S. A. Tetley, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Basseterre, St. Kitts, in 1908
  • Edmund Herbert Tetley, aged 45, who landed in America from Leeds, England, in 1914
  • Helen Theodora Tetley, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1914
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Canada Tetley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tetley Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Barbara Tetley, aged 4, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1921
  • Charles Reg. Tetley, aged 34, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1921

Australia Tetley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Tetley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Tetley, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Blundell" on 13th March 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [1]
  • Hannah Tetley, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Harriet Tetley, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

Contemporary Notables of the name Tetley (post 1700) +

  • Walter Tetley (1915-1975), American voice actor
  • Glen Tetley (b. 1926), American modern dancer and choreographer
  • Christopher "Chris" Mark Bagshaw Tetley (b. 1974), former English cricketer
  • Joshua Tetley (1778-1859), English founder of the Tetley's Brewery in Leeds, England
  • Nigel Tetley (1924-1972), South African-English naval officer, first person to solo circumnavigate the world in a trimaran
  • Ian Tetley (b. 1962), Canadian curler, three-time Brier and World Champion
  • William Tetley CM, QC (b. 1927), Canadian lawyer and law professor
  • Sir Herbert Tetley, Government Actuary
  • Sir Richard Tetley Glazebrook KCB KCVO FRS (1854-1935), English physicist, President of the Physical Society from 1903 to 1905, eponym of the Glazebrook Medal, awarded annually by the Institute of Physics to recognise leadership in the field of Physics
  • Tetley Gant (1853-1928), Australian barrister, Tasmanian Politician and University Chancellor


The Tetley Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Praemium virtutis honor
Motto Translation: Honor is the reward of virtue.


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blundell


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