Origins of Northey:
This name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and is a geographical surname from any one of the different places called "Northey," which are a combination of the Olde English pre 7th Century word "north," which means North and different additions. The places in Essex, Devonshire and Hertfordshire are named with "north" and "(ge)haeg", which means an area, those in Sussex and Hampshire with "north and "e.g.,", which means "island", Northey in Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire is "north river" from "North" and "ea", and Northey Wood in Cambridgeshire and Northey in Turvey, Bedfordshire are "the north bridge", from "North" and "hoh", which means hill, rock. In some situation, "Northey" may be a geographical name, expressing an apartment by or at the north hill or building of a place, as in Roger de la Northawe de Ledes (1439, Yorkshire). William Northey and Johanna South married in London in 1529.
More common variations are: Northy, Northe, Knworthey, Northay, Niorthe, Norithy, Norothy, Northie, Northuy, Northwe.
The surname Northey first appeared in Sussex Where they held a family seat from old times and their first records found on the census rolls derived by the old Kings of Britain to manage the rate of taxation of their services.
The very first recorded spelling of the family was shown to be that of Thomas de Northie, dated about 1200, in the "Pipe Rolls of Kent." It was during the time of King John who was known to be the “Lackland," dated 1199-1216. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.
Many of the people with surname Northey had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Northey landed in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 18th, 19th, and 20th. Some of the people with the name Northey who arrived in the United States in the 18th century included Gilbert Northey, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1762.
People with the surname Northey who landed in the United States in the 19th century included Richard Northey, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844. Elijah Northey, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1848. Josiah Northey and William Northey, both arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) Division, Pennsylvania in the same year 1868.
The following century saw more Northey surnames arrive. Some of the people with the name Northey who arrived in the United States in the 20th century included Emily Northey, who landed in America from Devon, in 1903. Henry Northey, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1905. Charles Richard Northey, who shifted to America from Truro, England, in 1910. Charles Northey, who moved to the United States from Chacewater, England, in 1910. Albert Northey, who landed in America from Dalton in Furness, England, in 1911.
People with the surname Northey who settled in Canada in the 20th century included John Pell Northey, aged 53, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1911. John P. Northey, Adelaide Northey and Florence Northey, all settled in Toronto, Canada, in the same year 1913.
Some of the individuals with the surname Northey who landed in Australia in the 19th century included Elizabeth Northey and James Northey, both arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cressy" in the same year 1847. Thomas Northey arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nile."
Here is the population distribution of the last name Northey: Australia 1,344; United States 1,286; England 823; Canada 799; South Africa 164; Mexico 105; New Zealand 85; Wales 56; Ireland 38; United States Arab Emirates 38.
Alfred Northey (1838–1911), was an English priest and cricket player.
Andy Northey (born 1972), is an English rugby league and rugby union player.
Bill Northey (born 1959), is an Iowan political leader and a member of the Republican Party.