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Where did the English Erlee family come from? What is the English Erlee family crest and coat of arms? When did the Erlee family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Erlee family history?The name Erlee has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a male who was of manly character. The surname Erlee originally derived from the Old English word Eorlic which referred to one who displayed manly characteristics. The surname Erlee belongs to a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames. Nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Erlee have been found, including Early, Erlegh, Erlee, Erly, Earley, Erle, Erley, Arlie and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Erlee research. Another 332 words(24 lines of text) covering the year 1273 is included under the topic Early Erlee History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Erlee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Erlee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 130 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Erlee, or a variant listed above: Robert Early who settled in New England in 1633; and Thomas Early who settled in North Carolina in 1700; Edward Erle settled in Virginia in 1635; Michael Earley settled in Philadelphia in 1868.
The Erlee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Erlee 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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