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About the study

The 'Audley' surname one name study includes:

15 Audley family trees (references by letters A to V). These Audley families mainly in England & Ireland, although some have branches that have emigrated to the USA and Australia.

Published information about the Audley surname including 'Audley Pedigrees' by A.L Reade (published 1930); The Complete Peerage by G.E Cokayne (published 1910) & Baronagium Genealogicum (published 1764)

Photographs of a number of Audleys from a range of family trees.

Audley Coats of Arms

Photographs of Places called Audley

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Variant names

The only varient of the 'Audley' for which I have significant information is 'Aidley'. In my opinion the Audley and Aidley surnames separated around 1800 in the Siddington & Capesthorne parishes of Cheshire. For more information see Family R on my website (contact details below)

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Name origin

The earliest known Audley is Liulf Aldithley, who had a grant of the manors of Aldithley (or Audley) and Talke in the county of Stafordshire from Nicholas de Verdun. This grant being made in the reign of Stephen (1135 -1154). ref The Complete Peerage by GEC page 337 footnote (a)

Nicholas Audley (Aldithley) became the first 'Baron Audley' 8th January 1312/3

This line ended on 22nd July 1391 with the death of Nicholas (Audley or Aldithley), 3rd Lord Audley. The Barony passed to John Tuchet who was the son of Sir John Tuchet and Joan the sister of Nicholas 3rd Lord Audley.

On 6th September 1616 George (Tuchet), Lord Audley was created Baron Audley of Orier county Armagh and Earl of Castlehaven county Cork.

History of the name

Famous Audley's include:

Edmund Audley; Bishop of Rochester (1480 - 1492); Bishop of Hereford (1492 - 1502); Bishop of Sarum (Salisbury) from 1502 until his death in 1524

Thomas Audley became 'Lord Chancellor of England' in 1533 reputedly helped Henry VIII rid himself of Anne of Cleves and Catherine & Catherine Howard (ref Audley Pedigrees by A L Reade p99)

Hugh Audley the celebrated 'usurer', who died unmarried and 'infinately rich' on 15th November 1662 (ref Audley Pedigrees by A L Reade p195.)


The 'Audley' One Name Study does not have a  formal DNA study. However a small number of males with the Audley surname have had their Y chromosome DNA tested and their DNA test results are displayed at

From this small amount of DNA testing it is concluded there will not be a single common ancestor for the Audley surname.