Meaning and Origin of Priestley - FamilyEducation

Meaning and Origin of: Priestley

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Boy name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Dweller at the church; priest's settlement

Family name origins & meanings:

  • English (mainly Yorkshire) : habitational name from any of the various minor places so named, especially the one in North Yorkshire. These are named from Old English prēost ‘priest’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’, i.e. a wood or clearing belonging to the Church.