The name Whytlay reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Whytlay family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Whytlay 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 Whytlay family
The surname Whytlay 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 Whytlay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whytlay 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 Whytlay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whytlay Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Whitley, Whiteley, Whitleigh, Whytleigh, Whyteleigh, Wytley, Whitlie and many more.
Early Notables of the Whytlay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Whytlay family to Ireland
Some of the Whytlay 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 Whytlay family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Whytlay name or one of its variants: Mitchell Whitley, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Richard Whitley, who settled in Virginia in 1646; Thomas Whitley, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.