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Where did the English Alfrey family come from? What is the English Alfrey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Alfrey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Alfrey family history?The origins of the name Alfrey are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the Old English personal name Alvred. This name was popular in England because of the fame of Alfred the Great (849-899), who was the Anglo-Saxon King of Wessex.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Alfrey has been spelled many different ways, including Alfray, Alfraye, Alfrey, Aufrey, Aufray, Alphrey, Alphray, Alferry, Allfree and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alfrey research. Another 335 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1296, 1317, 1379, 1666, and 1679 are included under the topic Early Alfrey History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Alfrey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Alfreys to arrive in North America: Thomas Alferry, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1685; and M. Alfrey, who was recorded in Essex County, Ontario in 1883.
The Alfrey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alfrey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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