Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
Contact: Mrs Ann Burton
Hi , my maiden name was Ann Notley so this has started my interest in researching my name. My paternal ancestors came from Suffolk and Norfolk so that is where I have started. There is an emigration trail over to the Americas and Canada and I have traced family over there with one branch being vey eminent in Alberta. I have traced family back to 1700s but have come to a full stop before this. I have several branches going back to this time, with similar first names but am ever hopeful of finding a common link
There is also a lot of Notleys in Dorset , Devon and Somerset with a few even into South Wales and I would love to find a connection between these two branches but so far my research has not managed to do this. .
I will , one day, find a male cousin to provide a DNA test ----I have done my own and found family this way . Since first writing this, I have persuaded one of the lasting Male Notleys from my particular branch to do his DNA but so far have no 'Hits'
Variants on Notley are numerous
Nottle, Nuttley, Knottley, Nottley, Nittley Nottley, Noley, Notly, Nolley, Netley, Notler
'My' branch of the family come from Fressingfield, Suffolk, UK but they spread over Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. There is a place in Essex called Black Notley and another White Notley but I have not as yet managed to trace them back there. There is also a Notley Abbey in Buckinghamshire but I have not yet found any one names there .However I feel that it probably started in Essex and has spread from there
There are two large groups of Notley, East Anglia and Dorset but I am not sure whether they stem from the same root as yet.
Certainly a branch in Alberta ,Canada come from East Anglia and I presume that as a sea faring part of the country, many crossed the Atlantic for various reasons and settled there. Others landed in Prince Edward Island and fanned out from there to USA
I have done my DNA and have persuaded a male cousin to do his. Our male branch is in danger of dying out---- there are only two left . So far I have only found one match which I traced back to a relative who emigrated with her husband to Nova Scotia in the 1850s and founded a branch there ( but they are not called Notley but exciting to have 'found' them none the less )
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