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Today there are three villages and towns in Essex by the name Warley: Great Warley in the Brentwood borough; Little Warley, a hamlet in south Essex; and Warley, a suburb of Brentwood. It is from this area that this surname was derived. In West Yorkshire, Warley Town can be found, near Halifax and in the West Midlands, Warley is a place in the metropolitan borough of Sandwell.

Whorley Early Origins



The surname Whorley was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Warley, held by the Norman noble Humphrey from the Bishop of London who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

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Whorley Spelling Variations


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Whorley Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Warley, Warly, Warleigh, Warlea, Werley and others.

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Whorley Early History


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Whorley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whorley research. Another 248 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1201, and 1475 are included under the topic Early Whorley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Whorley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Whorley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Whorley Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whorley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henry Whorley, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1921
  • Edward Whorley, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1922
  • Ernest Whorley, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1922
  • Alfred Whorley, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1924

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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The Whorley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whorley 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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