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Where did the English Ivory family come from? What is the English Ivory family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ivory family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ivory family history?The name Ivory came to England with the ancestors of the Ivory family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ivory family lived in Oxfordshire. Their name, however, is a local reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Ivry-la-Bataille in Eure, Normandy. The name of this place derives from the Gallo-Roman personal name Eburius, which means ivory.
Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Ives, Ivery and others.
First found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance a the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ivory research. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) covering the year 1407 is included under the topic Early Ivory History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Ivory Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Ivory family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 99 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ivory or a variant listed above:
Ivory Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Ivory Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Ivory Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ivory 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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