Whitley is a name that research shows has been established since the eighth century. Whitley is a middle Anglo-Saxon occupational name. Records dating back to 1441 suggest there was a contingency of Whitley's in the county of Devon. During the time of the British Empire the name spread with the colonies to areas of America, Asia, India and Australia.
Whitley is the 1455th most popular name in the world. The county of Devon in the UK currently holds the largest density of families with the surname Whitley. Never too far from controversy 2 brothers James Whitley and Paul Whitley were sent to jail in 1872 for stealing a bicycle.