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Whitley is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Whitley family lived in Devon, in the township of Whitleigh. Today Whiteley Bank, also spelled "Whitely Bank", is a small hamlet on the Isle of Wight, England and Whiteley is a community in the county of Hampshire founded in the 1980s.

Whitley Early Origins



The surname Whitley was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from 1066, and Robert d'Aumale held the village of Whitleigh from Bishop Odo. The village is now a part of the city of Plymouth, and conjectural descent from Robert is most likely.

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Whitley Spelling Variations


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Whitley Spelling Variations



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 Whitley have been found, including Whitley, Whiteley, Whitleigh, Whytleigh, Whyteleigh, Wytley, Whitlie and many more.

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Whitley Early History


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Whitley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitley research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1340, 1638, 1618, 1697, 1660, 1681, 1681, 1685, 1689 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Whitley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Whitley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Whitley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Whitley In Ireland


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Whitley In Ireland



Some of the Whitley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, 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 Whitley were among those contributors:

Whitley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mitchell Whitley, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Michell Whitley, aged 23, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Randall Whitley, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Richard Whitley, who arrived in Virginia in 1646
  • Richard Whitley, who settled in Virginia in 1646
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Whitley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Farmer Whitley, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Mary Whitley, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Solomon Whitley, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

Whitley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Whitley, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1806
  • Thomas Whitley, aged 46, arrived in New York in 1812

Whitley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Whitley U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Whitley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Amelia Whitley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Condor" in 1851

Whitley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Joseph Whitley landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Whitley, aged 30, a shipwright, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Mary Whitley, aged 29, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Whitley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Whitley (post 1700)



  • William Whitley (1749-1813), early American pioneer and soldier, eponym of the USS Whitley (AKA-91)
  • Taylor Whitley (b. 1980), retired American NFL offensive guard
  • Raymond Otis "Ray" Whitley (1901-1979), American Country and Western singer, radio and Hollywood movie star
  • Kym Whitley (b. 1961), American actress and comedienne
  • Jackie Keith Whitley (1954-1989), American country music singer
  • Hobart Johnstone "H.J." Whitley (1847-1931), American land developer, the "Father of Hollywood"
  • E. J. Whitley (b. 1982), American NFL football player
  • Christopher Becker "Chris" Whitley (1960-2005), American singer, songwriter and guitarist
  • Chip Whitley, real name of American television celebrity Conan O'Brien
  • Charles Orville Whitley (1927-2002), American politician, U.S. Congressman from North Carolina (1977-86)
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  11. ...

The Whitley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whitley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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