Thorley is a name that was brought to England
by the ancestors of the Thorley family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The Thorley family lived in Hertfordshire
, at Thorley.
Early Origins of the Thorley family
The surname Thorley was first found in Hertfordshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Thorley at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
Census in 1086, a census initiated by King William, Duke of Normandy
after his conquest of England
in 1066 A.D. In 1086, Thorley consisted of a Mill and a village and was held by Rodhere from the Bishop of London who was the tenant
in chief. Conjecturally, the Thorleys are descended from this Norman noble.
Early History of the Thorley family
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Thorley Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Thorley have been found, including Thorley, Thorleigh, Thawley, Thurley, Thurlby, Thurleigh and many more.
Early Notables of the Thorley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Thorley family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Thorley were among those contributors:
Thorley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- James Thorley who settled in Virginia in 1622
- James Thorley, who landed in Virginia in 1622 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Thorley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jane Thorley, who landed in America in 1766
Thorley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Reuben Thorley, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
Contemporary Notables of the name Thorley (post 1700)
- Harry G. Thorley (b. 1897), American Republican politician, Rancher; Chair of Keya Paha County Republican Party, 1940 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Wilfrid Thorley (1878-1963), English poet and translator
- Dianne "Di" Thorley (b. 1949), Australian politician and the current mayor of Toowoomba, Queensland
- Sir Gerald Bowers Thorley, Chairman, Allied Breweries Ltd., Norfolk
- Charles Graham Thorley, Secretary, Ministry of Technology and DTI, Dorset
Historic Events for the Thorley family
- Mr. Frederick Thorley, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
- Mr. Jonathon Thorley, aged 15, English Lamp Trimmer from Brighton, Sussex who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 13 CITATION[CLOSE]
Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
The Thorley 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: Fide et fiducia
Motto Translation: By fidelity and confidence.