The present generation of the Alembay family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having 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 Alembay family
The surname Alembay was first found in Cumberland
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Alembay family
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Alembay Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Alembay include Allenby, Allanby, Allenbie, Allanbie, Allonby, Allemby, Allamby, Aleynby, Alomby, Alanby and many more.
Early Notables of the Alembay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alembay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Alembay were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: William Allenby, who sailed to Virginia in 1648; and Frederick Allenby, who was recorded in Waterloo County, Ontario in 1877.