Wytlay is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Wytlay 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 Wytlay family
The surname Wytlay 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 Wytlay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wytlay 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 Wytlay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wytlay Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Wytlay include Whitley, Whiteley, Whitleigh, Whytleigh, Whyteleigh, Wytley, Whitlie and many more.
Early Notables of the Wytlay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wytlay family to Ireland
Some of the Wytlay 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 Wytlay family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Wytlays to arrive on North American shores: Mitchell Whitley, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Richard Whitley, who settled in Virginia in 1646; Thomas Whitley, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.