Medley Family History
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Medley Name Meaning
habitational name, either a variant of Madeley (a name common to several places, including one in Shropshire and two in Staffordshire), named in Old English as ‘Mada’s clearing’, from an unattested byname, Mada (probably a derivative of mad ‘foolish’) + leah ‘woodland clearing’; or from Medley on the Thames in Oxfordshire, named in Old English with middel ‘middle’ + eg ‘island’. nickname for an aggressive person, from Middle English, Old French medlee ‘combat’, ‘conflict’ (Late Latin misculata).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press
Similar surnames: Pedley, Hedley, Manley, Madeley, Smedley, Medler, Godley, Tenley