Akerlay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Akerlay is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in a clearing surrounded by oak trees. The surname Akerlay literally means oak-meadow.  The surname Akerlay is associated with the village of Acle in Norfolk, and the village of Akeley in Buckinghamshire.
Early Origins of the Akerlay family
The surname Akerlay was first found in Norfolk or Buckinghamshire. Of the two locations, Akeley (Akely) in Buckinghamshire seems to be the strongest place of origin for the surname. Located "in the union, hundred, and county of Buckingham, 2½ miles (N. by E.) from the town of Buckingham," 
Akeley has remained small over the years as by the late 1800s, it only had a population of 362.  However, the parish dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Achelei. 
Some of the family were found in Whitworth, Durham in early years. "According to the Boldon book, this manor was held by Thomas de Acley, by the service of a quarter of a knight's fee." 
Important Dates for the Akerlay family
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Akerlay Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Akerlay family name include Ackley, Acley, Acle, Ackle, Aclie, Acklie, Acly and others.
Early Notables of the Akerlay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Akerlay family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Akerlay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Henry Ackerly, who sailed to New Haven, Connecticut in 1640. Also, Nicholas Acly who arrived in Connecticut in 1655; William Ackley in Virginia in 1664.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)