The name Ailanby is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in the Cumberland
village of Allonby,
which was also known as Ellonby.
The first part of this settlement's name was originally derived from the Anglo-Norman word aguillon,
The second part of the settlement's name was the Old English word by,
which means farm
Early Origins of the Ailanby family
The surname Ailanby was first found in Cumberland
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Ailanby family
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Ailanby Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Ailanby 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 Ailanby include: Allenby, Allanby, Allenbie, Allanbie, Allonby, Allemby, Allamby, Aleynby, Alomby, Alanby and many more.
Early Notables of the Ailanby family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ailanby family to the New World and Oceana
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 Ailanby or a variant listed above: William Allenby, who sailed to Virginia in 1648; and Frederick Allenby, who was recorded in Waterloo County, Ontario in 1877.