Whitley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Whitley family

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.

Early History of the Whitley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitley research. Another 75 words (5 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Whitley family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Whitley family to Ireland

Some of the Whitley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Whitley migration to the United States +

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, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Randall Whitley, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [1]
  • Richard Whitley, who arrived in Virginia in 1646 [1]
  • 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 [1]
  • Mary Whitley, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Solomon Whitley, who landed in Mississippi in 1798 [1]
Whitley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Whitley, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1806 [1]
  • Thomas Whitley, aged 46, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]

Canada Whitley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whitley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Whitley U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [2]

Australia Whitley migration to Australia +

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

Whitley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Amelia Whitley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Condor" in 1851 [3]

New Zealand Whitley migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Whitley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Joseph Whitley, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Whitley, aged 30, a shipwright, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Mary Whitley, aged 29, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Mr. William Whitley, (b. 1810), aged 30, British shipwright travelling from England aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th November 1840 [4]
  • Mrs. Mary Whitley, (b. 1811), aged 29, British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th November 1840 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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.)


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONDOR 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Condor.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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