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Our 2,897 members have registered
2,470 study surnames with us
and a further 6,271 variant names.
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About the study

I started in 1974 - when a Scots enthusiast was discovered in Canada. It was one of the original one-name studies registered with the Guild in 1979.

Variant names

Different spellings of the ending 'ley' are researched (the 2nd syllable)

Name origin

Villages of East and West Parley in Dorsetshire - an anglo-saxon place name.

History of the name

Several eccentric Parleys but no one of historical interest.

Name frequency

This is a really small group.

Distribution of the name

England, North East Scotland, and Canada


General Register Office indexes for England, Wales, and Scotland have been recorded, plus relevant parish registers etc.