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Origin of the Name Audley

The origin of the name Audley was found in the archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Audley
include Audlie, Audly, Audlay and Audlee. This is a locational name meaning 'of Audley', from a Parish in the Diocese of Lichfield.. This name is usually of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that country. Examples of such are a Jacob de Aldithelegh and a Henry de Aldithlegh, both of County Salop, who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in the year 1273. A Robert Awdelye of County Norfolk was recorded in the 'History of Norfolk' in the fourteenth century.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland ' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland . While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
From Ulster the name spread to Connemara in the west of the country where it may have assumed the Gaelic form of O'hAdhlaigh.
The Audley coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Audley descendants.
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