The name Witeley reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Witeley family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Witeley 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 Witeley family
The surname Witeley 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 Witeley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witeley 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 Witeley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Witeley Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Witeley family name include Whitley, Whiteley, Whitleigh, Whytleigh, Whyteleigh, Wytley, Whitlie and many more.
Early Notables of the Witeley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Witeley family to Ireland
Some of the Witeley 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 Witeley family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Witeley family to immigrate 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.