|This page of the website records the origins of the Audley and other similar surnames as recorded in various publications and documents. At some stage in the future I hope this page to come to a conclusion regarding the origin of the Audley surname.
This page considers:
The information on this page is based upon:
It is probable that The Audley surname is a locational surname (i.e originating from a place). It is therefore possible that there is no single common ancestor for all those people who today have the Audley surname. It is unlikely that documentary evidence will be found to link together all the Audley Families on the family tree page of this website. DNA testing of the different branches of the Audley Family may prove or disprove the existence of a common Audley Ancestor.
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|The Doomsday Book There is a separate page on the website about the Doomsday book The conclusions of that page are:
. P H Reaney in his dictionary of English Surnames proposes that the origin of the Audley name is Old English suggesting that the name is of Saxon origin rather than Norman origin. From this one can conclude that comments such as:
|The Battle Abbey Rolls|
King William I of England (aka William the Conqueror) instructed that an Abbey be built on the site of the Battle of Hastings. The Battle Abbey Roll was reputedly a list of all the knights that fought alongside William at the Battle of Hastings. The original roll has long since been lost, however a number of people claim to have made copies of the Battle Abbey Roll, even though no two are the same. The general opinion is that the copies of the Battle Abbey Roll can not be considered a reliable document.
The following copies of the Battle Abbet Rolls indicate that an Audley fought alongside William at the Battle of Hastings:
This information is from ‘The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineage Vol 1 of 3’ (published 1889) of 3 by the Duchess of Cleveland
|‘The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineage Vol 1 & 3’ (published 1889) by the Duchess of Cleveland http://www.archive.org/details/battleabbeyrollw01battuoft|
The following is the last 2 paragraphs from Volume 3 of the above document under the Verdonue (Verdon) Family:Verdonue: The other house always hitherto assigned to the stock of Verdon is one of the most famous of our baronage – that of Audley. “That the first” says Dugdale “ who assumed this surname was a branch of that ancient and noble family of Verdon, whose chief seat was at Alton castle, in the northern part of Staffordshire, I am very inclined to believe; partly by reason that Henry had the inheritance of Aldithley given him by Nicholas de Verdon who died in the sixteenth of Henry III, or near that time; and partly for that he bore for his arms the same ordinary that Verdon did, viz frette; , but distinguished with a large canton in the dexter part of the shield and thereon a cross pate” This origin is now denied* not withstanding the similarity of the coat of arms, thus left unexplained; and it is at least clear, that Aldithley was not the grant of Nicholas de Verdon. “Aldidelege (Audley) Baltredelez (half Balterby) and Talc (Talke in Audley) all held in 1086 by Thane Gamel, seem to have come, early in the reign of Henry I., into the hands of the first Adam de Audley, who divided them between his sons, Lydulph and Adam. In 1130 ‘Liulf de Audley” lay under a heavy penalty for the murder of Gamel – Eyton. Adam II was apparently the father of Henry de Audley “ the great territorial acquisionist of the district,” who built the castle of Heighley, and is represented by Dugdale as the first who assumed the name.
|‘A Survey and Analysis of the Place- Names of Staffordshire’ by David Horovitz,LL.B. Thesis submitted to the University of Nottingham for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, October 2003. http://etheses.nottingham.ac.uk/1557/|
Aldithlege, Aldithleia 12th century
Aldithelee c. 1235
Auddedelegh, Audedeleye 1271
‘The Leah of Aldgyp’, an OE feminine name. (see below) Stratton Audley in Oxfordshire takes the second part of its name from a family who probably came from this place.
‘Leah’ a wood, woodland, a rough open space or clearing in a wood, a glade; woodland clearing, especially one used for pasture or arable’, and later’a piece of open land, a meadow. A very common element, giving the endings -ley, -leigh, -le.
Personal names found in Staffordshire place-names
Aldgyp (f) OE Audley.
HEIGHLEY. HEIGHLEY CASTLE 4.5 miles west of Newcastle-under-Lyme (SJ 7747, SJ 7746).
Helyh (Castle) 1227
Heley c. 1540
Helay Castle c. 1565
Heyley Castle 1686
Perhaps from OE heah-leah,’high clearing or wood’, notwithstanding the DB spelling – the place lies at a pronounced hill. A hybrid name incorporating Welsh heol ‘a road, a way’ is unlikely, but not impossible.
|Behind the name (the etymology and history of first names) www.behindthename.com|
AUDLEY Gender: Masculine Usage: English
|A dictionary of English Surnames by P.H. Reaney|
|The Notes from the Research by Mr Richard Sneyd into the origin of the Aldithley (Audley) Sneyd and Stanley Families – copy of Mr Richard Sneyd’s notes are contained within the published information section of this website|
Mr Richard Sneyd in his research proposes that