Makely Surname History

The name Makely was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Makely family lived in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat at Claye.

Early Origins of the Makely family

The surname Makely was first found in Lincolnshire 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 at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Makely family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Makely research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Makely History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Makely Spelling Variations

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 Clay, Claye, Cley, Cleye, McClay and others.

Early Notables of the Makely family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Makely family to Ireland

Some of the Makely family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Makely migration to the United States

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 Makely or a variant listed above:

Makely Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anna Makely, aged 17, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Friesland" from Antwerp, Belgium [1]
  • Maria Makely, aged 16, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Ems" from Bremen, Germany [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Makely (post 1700)

  • Metrah Makely, American politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Hyde County, 1889-90 [3]
  • Frederick B. Makely, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Greene County, 1900 [3]

Citations

  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6PZ-V3P : 6 December 2014), Anna Makely, 08 Mar 1892; citing departure port Antwerp, arrival port New York, ship name Friesland, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6B6-W3G : 6 December 2014), Maria Makely, 26 Jun 1893; citing departure port Bremen, arrival port New York, ship name Ems, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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