Last name: Wiley

This unusual name recorded in the spellings of Willey, Wiley, Wyley, Wylie, and Wyly, is of English locational origin. It derives from the places so called in the counties of Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Devonshire and Surrey. The first five of these villages share the same meaning. This is from the Old English pre 7th "wilig", meaning "willow" and "leah", either a fenced clearing in a wood, or in some places a "water meadow". The village of "Willey" in Surrey derives its name from a different source. This is from "weoh", meaning a pagan temple, plus "leah", which in this case clearly means a clearing in a wood. The first recording of a placename is that of the Surrey village which appears in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles as early as 909 a.d. in the spelling of "Weoleage". Locational surnames were given either to the original Lords of the Manor as in the first recording below, or later to those who left their original homes to (usually) seek work elsewhere. Identification by their former homestead name being easy and convenient, although it often lead to distorted spellings. Early examples of the recordings include William de Wylly of Sussex in 1296, and Richard de Wyleye of Essex in 1390. Edmund Willie of Somerset was recorded in 1595, and Francis Willey in London in 1621. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John de Wylegh. which was dated 1201, in the Pipe Rolls of the county of Wiltshire, during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Justin Wiley
In my family we Scots Irish is what I have been told. And my family came to the united states we dropped the o from o'wiley and became wiley . Our crest has two black griffins a helmet and a silver rose. Anybody similar to that

Leigh Wiley
My fathers side of the family came to England in the early 20th century from Ulster. I was always led to believe it was an Irish name.

Richard Wylie
I recently had a cousin do some research of our family origin. According to what he found out, the Wylie's were English but were run out of England by the royal family for not giving up their land. The families split up, some went to Scotland and some went to Ireland. Also the first Wylie to come to america was William H. Wylie, He was a war hero and has a monument built after him in either North or South Carolina I cant remember, I will have to get that information again.

John Wylie
My Wylie ancestors emigrated from Kilmarnock, Scotland to America in 1770. The Wylie/Wiley surname originated in Lowland Scotland and Northern England and any Wylie living in Ireland descended from Ulster Scots.

Bre Wiley
Oh, i'm young and i'm really intrested in my family origin I did a project on Ireland and I found out that we were forced out of England when we wouldn't give up our homeland and then we had to separate in to 2 different countries Ireland and Scotland and then the Wiley [or other ways to spell this origin name] they all had to leave due to a terribly bad disease in their crops and that is when they has left to go to America and I currently live in Canada, Eastern Canada that is, the weird thing is that my grandfather's last name is spelt Wylie and then my dad had to change his last name because his REAL parents weren't suited to raise him and his sister so he had changed his name to Wiley. We believe we are Irish due to research and my family sure feels so Irishy [I know it's not a real world in case my distant family would've pointed it out] Eh? ;D

Bruce Wiley
I was always told Wiley was French in origin.

J. Thorne

I am looking for anyone with knowledge of " Wiley, Moses; Rosswell, Lincoln Co., New Mexico 1888" I am also in search of the family papers during this year. In particular a letter sent from O.P.Temple to Mosses Wiley just before September 22 1888".

denzel battie

my mother matin name is wiley I have family members from south caolina arkansa, Mississippi,Virginia,boston,california,ohio,new york,Philadelphia,texas if uour name is wiley and your from those states im trying to find out our family hisyory so of you no any tjing hit me up on fb