Show ContentsAliff History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Aliff is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. Aliff is a name that comes from from the Old Norse, Eili­fr and was listed in the Domesday Book as Ailof and Eilaf, a personal name. [1]

Early Origins of the Aliff family

The surname Aliff was first found in Northumberland where the first record of the family is of Eilaf filius Gospatric who was listed there in 1166. We presume the Ailef of Palestu (Palestine) was a returning Norman knight from the Holy Land about 1200. He, or his successors, later held estates in that shire in 1176. [2]

The Chronicles of the Mayors and Sheriffs of London, 1188-1274 listed Arnaed Fitz-Aluf, as Sheriff of London in 1108.

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 had only one listing for the family: Robertus Haylyf and later the History of Norfolk listed Thomas Ayloffe, Essex, c. 1500. [3]

Early History of the Aliff family

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Aliff Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Ayloffe, Ayloff, Ayliffe, Ayliff and others.

Early Notables of the Aliff family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Ayloffe (died 1585), an English judge of the Queen's Bench; Sir William Ayloffe, 1st Baronet (1563-1627), English Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Stockbridge from 1621 to 1622, from Braxtead Magna, Essex; Sir Benjamin Ayloffe, 2nd Baronet (1592-1662), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1661 to 1662, he supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War; Sir William Ayloffe, 3rd Baronet (1618-1675), an English officer...
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Aliff Ranking

In the United States, the name Aliff is the 14,134th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

Migration of the Aliff family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Aliff or a variant listed above were: Edward Ayliffe, aged 38, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1922; Frank Ayliffe, aged 37, who arrived at Ellis Island from London, England, in 1909; Harry Ayliffe, aged 28, who arrived at Ellis Island from London, in 1907.

  1. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?"., on Facebook