Warmelay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Warmelay family

The surname Warmelay was first found in Yorkshire where the first on record was Henry de Wermelai witnesses Humphrey de Bohun's charter to Farley Priory, Wilts; and Helias de Winelai the foundation charter of Kirkley Priory in Yorkshire. [1]

Another source claims the name is from "Wharmby, some small spot, seemingly in East Cheshire, in the vicinity of Stockport." [2]

This same source claims the name could be from "Querenby, now Quarnby, in the parish of Huddersfield, Yorkshire. [2]

In this latter case, the surname is conjecturally descended from the tenant of the lands of Quarmby, held by Ilbert de Lacy, a Norman Braon who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. [3]

One of the sources of confusion is that early records show Willelmus de Querenby in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 and Alexander de Quernby in East Cheshire in 1437.

Early History of the Warmelay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Warmelay research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1580, 1592 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Warmelay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Warmelay Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wharmby, Warmby, Quarmby, Quarmbie, Warmbie, Wharmbee, Wharmbey, Warmbey, Warmley and many more.

Early Notables of the Warmelay family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Warmelay family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


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