The rich and ancient history of the Alfey family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It comes from the Germanic personal name Aldway
which was derived from Aeoelwig,
which meant noble war.
Early Origins of the Alfey family
The surname Alfey was first found in Oxfordshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Alfey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alfey research.Another 393 words (28 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 Alfey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Alfey Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Alfey have been found, including Alvey, Alvay, Alvy, Alvie, Allvey, Elvy, Elvey, Aelfuuii, Alvi, Alfy, Elphey, Alfwy, Aluy, Eluy and many more.
Early Notables of the Alfey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alfey family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Alfey, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Samuel Alvey, who sailed to New York in 1822; and Thomas Alvey to Philadelphia 1873.