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Where did the English Etlea family come from? What is the English Etlea family crest and coat of arms? When did the Etlea family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Etlea family history?

The name Etlea is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in Kent, where they held a family seat at Lee's Court. The original form of this name was atte Lee, which became modified to the shorter form Etlea.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Etlea are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Etlea include: Atlee, Attley, Attlie, Atleigh, Atley, Atleys and others.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Etlea research. Another 298 words(21 lines of text) covering the year 1258 is included under the topic Early Etlea History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Etlea Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Etlea or a variant listed above: William Atlee, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1744, and descended was Walter Franklin Atlee related to Benjamin Franklin, also of Philadelphia.

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The Etlea Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Etlea 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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