Ailwy is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from the Old English personal name Æthelwig,
which originally meant noble-war, Ælfwig,
which meant elf-war,
which meant old war.
Early Origins of the Ailwy family
The surname Ailwy was first found in Suffolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Ailwy family
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Ailwy Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Ailwy has undergone many spelling variations
, including Alway, Allway, Alewy, Alwy, Always, Allways, Ailwi, Alwi, Alawy, Alewi, Alwaye and many more.
Early Notables of the Ailwy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ailwy family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ailwy were among those contributors: Robert Alway, who was recorded in Oxford County, Ontario in 1835; J.W. Alway in Lincoln County, Ontario in 1872; and Alfred Alway in Haldimand County, Ontario in 1877..