Alenby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Alenby is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of 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, meaning goad or spur. The second part of the settlement's name was the Old English word by, which means farm or settlement.

Early Origins of the Alenby family

The surname Alenby was first found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Alenby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alenby research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1349, 1369, 1522, 1581 and 1742 are included under the topic Early Alenby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Alenby Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Alenby has been spelled many different ways, including Allenby, Allanby, Allenbie, Allanbie, Allonby, Allemby, Allamby, Aleynby, Alomby, Alanby and many more.

Early Notables of the Alenby family (pre 1700)

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United States Alenby migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Alenbys to arrive in North America:

Alenby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Philip Alenby, who landed in Maryland in 1657 [1]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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