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Satterlee is an English surname which can be traced back to medieval times. There are several variants of the name including Satterley, Satterly, Satterliegh, and Saturley.
This site contains information about the Satterlee family and related families.

The name of Satterlee is derived from the name of the ancestral home in England. It is currently known as Sotterley in Suffolk, England with origins dating back to the 11th century or earlier.

The Manor of "Soterlega" apparently existed about 1042 or before, as it is mentioned in the Domesday (or Doomsday) Book as being part of the estate of Hugh Abrinis, Earl of Chester. The book says (with explanatory notes in parantheses):

Soterlega Mundret holds it now (1070) and Burchard held it in the reign of Edward the Confessor (1041p-66); 1 1/2 carucates, (a measure of land used for the assessment purposes in early England equaling 180 acres) as a manor (estate administered as a unit); then Bordars (tenants who hold a cottage and a few acres of Land), now 16; and 2 serfs; then 2 ploughs on the desmesne (an estate of which the owner is in possession), now 3, and 3 oxen; woodland for 100 swine; 4 acres of meadow; then, as now, 1 rouncey (riding horse); 14 cows, 31 swine, 120 sheep, 30 goats, then as now; worth 53 shillings 4 pence rent.

Suckling, in his "History of Antiquities of the County of Suffolk", says the Manor of Sotterley was one league (3 miles) in length and 9 furlongs (1 1/2 miles) in breadth.

Early in the reign of Henry III (1216-1240) Philip Bocland, Lord of Shaddingfield, obtained a license of free warren (defined as "a privilege which one has in lands given by royal grant for hunting and taking wild birds & beasts of warren to the exclusion of any other person not entering by permission". A Wildlife preserve,) in Sotterley along with the right to hold a market and a fair annually.

The information on this website chronicles the history of the Satterlee family, from these early beginnings until modern times.