Subject: Re: Meaning of Surname
Author: Sean Foglai   (guest)
Date: November 15, 2006 at 11:00 AM
Reply to: Meaning of Surname by Thomas Whately

May be a form of ...
English: habitational name from any of various places named with Old English hw?te ‘wheat’ + leah ‘(woodland) clearing’, as for example Whatley in Somerset, Whately in Warwickshire, or any of the places mentioned at Wheatley.
Dictionary of American Family Names,

Or perhaps a combination of:

English: occupational name for a watchman, Anglo-Norman French waite (of Germanic origin; compare Wachter), or from the same word in its original abstract/collective sense, ‘the watch’. There may also have been some late confusion with White.

Plus -ley which would signify a field or meadow ...thus someone who watched over the fields ...just guesses ...

I did find it in my Irish names book.

Whateley: rare in Ireland, found in Louth-Meath area. It is of English origin from Wiltshire.

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  • Meaning of Surname - Thomas Whately  Nov 15 2006, 10:44 AM
    • Re: Meaning of Surname - Sean Foglai  Nov 15 2006, 11:00 AM