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MORLEY Family History

This interesting surname, of English origin, is a locational name from any of the various places called Morley in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Durham, Norfolk and West Yorkshire, or Moreleigh in Devon, deriving from the Olde English pre 7th Century "mor" meaning marsh, moor or fen plus "leah", wood or clearing, hence "leah by a fen or moor". The surname dates back to the early 14th Century (see below). Further recordings include one Adam de Morlay (1379), and Johannes Morelay (1378), both recorded in the Poll Tax Records of Yorkshire. Variations in the idiom of the spelling include Moorley, Morley, and Moralee. Recordings from London Church Registers include the christening of Catherine Mowrley at St...

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