When the ancestors of the Whittelay family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They 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 Whittelay family
The surname Whittelay 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 Whittelay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whittelay 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 Whittelay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whittelay Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Whittelay has been recorded under many different variations, including Whitley, Whiteley, Whitleigh, Whytleigh, Whyteleigh, Wytley, Whitlie and many more.
Early Notables of the Whittelay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Whittelay family to Ireland
Some of the Whittelay 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.
Migration of the Whittelay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Whittelays were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Mitchell Whitley, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Richard Whitley, who settled in Virginia in 1646; Thomas Whitley, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.