The English surname Medley is an 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,” or from Medley on the Thames in Oxfordshire. The name is first recorded in Somerset in 1273. The earliest record of the name in the New World occurs in 1633 when John Medley arrived in Maryland from England. Today there are approximately 13,000 bearers of the name Medley living in the United States.
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