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… to Atcherley.org.uk, the Atcherley family history site.

The surname Atcherley (sometimes written as Atcherly and in the past also as Acherley) appears to have originated in Shropshire and has an ancient pedigree. One of the oldest documents featuring the name dates back to the early 1400s and can be found in the Shropshire Archives. Among two dozen of the residents of ‘Basschurche’ listed therein is Hugh de Acherley.

Another early Atcherley was mentioned in Sir Bernard Burke’s Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry. Sir Roger Atcherley (or Achelley), also from the Shropshire parish of Baschurch, was elected sheriff of Middlesex and London in 1504 and chosen to be Lord Mayor of London in 1511, during the reign of Henry VIII. He “filled several civic offices of high trust with distinction” before his death in 1521.

No wonder then that the Rev. Roger Atcherley (head master of Shrewsbury School) was said by one author to be “of a good old Shropshire name.”

The Atcherley name has survived through the centuries, borne by farmers and farm labourers, doctors and vets, merchants and drapers, engineers and chemists, artists and musicians, soldiers, sailors, Royal Marines and RAF pilots, Knights of the realm and domestic servants.

Whether their lives were ordinary or extraordinary, all the Atcherleys have stories to tell. With the help of various public records, books, wills, other historical documents and the recollections of their living descendants, the stories of the Atcherleys can be told and their family trees can be traced. The aim of this website is to make those stories and family trees, the Atcherley family history, accessible to everyone with an interest in this fascinating family.

15 Responses to Welcome…

  1. Mark Atchley says:


    I was thrilled to find your site today. My research hit a roadblock after James Atchley, who was born in England and died on 14/1/1775 in New Brunswick, Middlesex, New Jersey (US). James would be my 7 x grandfather. Just wanted to say hello.


  2. kimo.fouts says:

    My name is Kimo Fouts and I am the great grandson of Mary Haaheo Kinimaka of Hawaii and John Atcherley. I’m very happy to have this website to read and follow. I am doubly fortunate because my Hawaiian genealogy had wonderful caretakers as well, John and Patty Hitchcock. I recently had some Hawaiian family move to England so I now have another reason to visit!

    A hui hou,

  3. Pam says:

    My maiden name is Atcherley and I have done a little research into our family tree. It would be interesting to know where my side of the family fits in with yourself.

  4. Steve says:

    Hi Pam, you and I are fourth cousins once removed. I have emailed you and look forward to hearing from you.


  5. Ethan says:

    Hi I have an ancestry project on Dr. John Atcherley (my great great grandfather) for my World Geography class. If anyone has any pointers if he is on this website, I’d appreciate it!


    P.S. that John Atcherley married Ha’aheo Kinimaka (Hawaii) Thanks!

    • Steve says:

      Hi Ethan

      I have not written any articles about Dr John Atcherley yet, mainly because there is just so much to tell about him (and his family)! However you can see where he fits into the Atcherley family tree here.

      There is also an article about John, with a photo, which is no longer online on its original website, but a copy has been archived by the Wayback Machine. The article is mostly accurate, but there is no evidence that John ever studied at Oxford.

      A photo of John and Mary’s grave marker can be found at Find A Grave.

      Good luck with your project!


  6. Hello,
    If anyone is interested a diary I kept as a POW in Singapore during WW2 has just been published.
    Warm regards

  7. Max O. Eckart says:


    My name is Max Eckart and I’m the great grandson of Dr. John Atcherley and Mary Haahe’o Kinimaka.

    On July 5, 6, and 7 of 2013 the Kinimaka Family will be hosting a family reunion in Honolulu, Hawaii. All descendants of Dr. John Atcherley and Mary Haahe’o are welcomed to join the festivities which will include a luau on the grounds of Iolani Palace where Mary Haahe’o lived during part of her childhood.

    The Atcherley-Kinimaka descendants may log onto the Kinimaka website and view all the information pertaining to the family history and how to register for the reunion.

    We are also in the process of charting a family tree and need information that includes name of descendant, spouse, children, birth and death dates, and place of each event.

    We are anticipating a huge turnout and looking forward to meeting new family members. Please join us.

    Aloha and Mahalo Nui,
    Max O. Eckart

    • Steve says:

      Great to hear from you Max. I wish the Kinimaka family reunion every success and hope that lots of descendants of Dr. John Atcherley and Mary Haahe’o Kinimaka’s descendants will be able to attend. Here’s a link to the Family Reunion web page.

  8. James Davis says:

    I am thehe Chairman of the Malta GC Unit of the Sea Cadet Corps. We have a Royal Marines Cadet Detachment in our Unit. We are currently refurbishing the RMCD Barracks and I have instructed my people that I want the barracks to be named The Atcherley Barracks in recognition of Captain James Atcherley Royal Marines. May I ask for the blessing of the family still living for this honour so that my cadets would come to know and respect his name and his exploits especially at the Battle of Trafalgar

    • Steve says:

      Hi James. Speaking as as a relative of Captain James Atcherley I would be more than happy if the new barracks were to be named after him and I’m sure that his other relatives and descendants would consider it an honour.

  9. Mark Atchley says:

    Hi Steve,

    It has been a while since I visited your site, and noted that several others mention James Thomas and Ruth Maples Atchley. I too am a grandson, and am still seeking the link to England. My original hypothesis and research seems to be flawed, or no link to the Atcherley Family actually exists. Guess that is why we do what we do.

    Warm regards,

  10. Jan Atchley Bevan says:

    This is a long awaited discovery. Thomas Atchley (american Spelling) was my fifth generation grandfather who came from London and settled in Sevierville, Tennessee. He was a Baptist minister and best to my knowledge fought in the American Revolution on our side. I seen our Coat of Arms all of my life. I wear it on a signet ring. My information is sketchy and I think we are of the line of the Lord Mayor of London mentioned in your website Atcherley. My grandfather was Theadore Atchley and my father was George Layfayette Atchley Sr.
    I need help piecing all of this together. Please contact me or anyone else who reads my family connection if you are my relative. My Full name is Ellen Janette Atchley.
    Thank you,

    • Jan Atchley Bevan says:

      A correction to my comments. Although I am very proud of my Tennessee Heritage …it was a typing error ” I seen my coat of arms all of my life.” It should have been ” I have seen.” I actually was born in Jacksonville, Fl were my father and mother stayed after World War II.
      I look forward to hearing from someone in our Atchley line.
      Thank you,

  11. Anthony Linford says:

    On the eve of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima I just saw Sir Harold interviewed on the BBC1 Six O Clock News.
    I was glad that the BBC showed the other side to the argument that the Atomic Bombing was a crime against humanity and never actually saved lives because Russian was involved and was already suing for peace.
    My own Father (the late Major A E Linford RAOC) fought in Burma and the Far East during WW2. One of my Uncles just got out of Rangoon before the Japanrse invaded.
    Another Uncle who saw their atrocities against civilians, the wounded, the Chinese and those they deamed sub-human, would not even buy a Japanese Car post War.
    I am glad that Sir Harold works for peace and reconciliation between our Nations.
    I am glad that former enemies can now meet as friends. I am grateful to all who work to alienate suffering and maintain peace. I bear no ill will against the Japanese people, many of whom were not even born at that dreadful time.
    However, even though my 21 year oldest Son disagrees, I too believe that the bomb was essential. Although the figures may be disputable I am sure the lives of many POWS were saved, and I am certain, even with attacks from Russia, an invasion of the Japanese main land would have cost many more allied lives.
    As for the bomb on Nagasaki, considering what Churchill said about an ‘iron curtain falling over Europe’ that bomb showed the Soviets just how far the Allies would go to protect the newly liberated countries of Europe.
    I really would love to read Sir Harold’s diary and will see if I can obtain it in my Kindle

    Anthony E C Linford Great Yarmouth

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