The name Alfay has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon
name that was originally derived from the Germanic personal name Aldway
which was derived from Aeoelwig,
which meant noble war.
Early Origins of the Alfay family
The surname Alfay was first found in Oxfordshire
, where the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 had several early spellings of the name listed: Robert Alewi; Aldwy ad Fontem; William Aldwy and Walter Elwy. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
About the same time, the source the History of Norfolk
notes: "Roger Bigot had a small tenure at the Survey, held by a freeman of Alwi, in King Edward's reign."
Early History of the Alfay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alfay research.Another 266 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1279, 1279, 1296, 1327, 1349, 1369, 1561, 1645, 1584, 1645, 1704 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Alfay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Alfay Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Alfay include Alvey, Alvay, Alvy, Alvie, Allvey, Elvy, Elvey, Aelfuuii, Alvi, Alfy, Elphey, Alfwy, Aluy, Eluy and many more.
Early Notables of the Alfay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alfay family to Ireland
Some of the Alfay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Alfay family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Samuel Alvey, who sailed to New York in 1822; and Thomas Alvey to Philadelphia 1873.