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This ancient surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is habitational from any of the various places in England called Farley or Farleigh, such as those in Berkshire, Derbyshire, Hampshire, and Staffordshire. The placenames are derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century "fearn", fern (a collective noun), and "leah", wood or clearing, hence, "a fern-covered clearing". Farley Hill in Berkshire was first recorded as Farellei" in the Domesday Book of 1086; the place in Derbyshire was first recorded as "Farleie" in the Domesday Book; and the place in Hampshire was first recorded as "Ferlege", also in the Domesday Book. Farley in Staffordshire was first recorded as "Fernelege" in the Domesday Book of the county, and as "Farleye" in "Inquisitiones post mortem", dated 1273...

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