Ale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Ale family

The surname Ale was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Important Dates for the Ale family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ale research. Another 166 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1041, 1543, 1046, 1092, 1153, 1166, 1451, 1539, 1455, 1487, 1810, 1510 and 1570 are included under the topic Early Ale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ale Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ale include Alye, Allye, Allie, Alley, Aley, Allee, Aleigh and many more.

Early Notables of the Ale family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Alley (1510?-1570), English divine, Bishop of Exeter, a native of Chipping Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. "Early in the reign of Queen Elizabeth he became divinity reader at St. Paul's...
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Ale migration to the United States

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ale or a variant listed above:

Ale Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Ale, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [1]
  • Ino Ale, who arrived in Virginia in 1665 [1]
Ale Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Catherine Ale, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ale (post 1700)

  • Ale Moeller (b. 1955), Swedish musician and composer

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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