The name Thurley was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Thurley family lived in Hertfordshire
, at Thorley.
Early Origins of the Thurley family
The surname Thurley 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 Thurley family
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Thurley Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Thurley are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Thurley include Thorley, Thorleigh, Thawley, Thurley, Thurlby, Thurleigh and many more.
Early Notables of the Thurley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Thurley family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Thurley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- William Thurley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
The Thurley 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.