Allerby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Allerby family
The surname Allerby was first found in the East Riding of Yorkshire at Ellerby, a civil parish that dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Elwordebi at that time.  The name literally meant "farmstead or village of a man called Aelfweard" from the Old English personal name + the Scandinavian word "by."  Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Ellerby, held, according to the men of Holderness, by William Malet, a Norman Baron, Viscount of Arques, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. The site now is moated and is called Old Ellerby, near Wood Hall. New Ellerby is a hamlet in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Together with Old Ellerby it forms the civil parish of Ellerby. Allerby is a hamlet in Cumbria, England and there is a village and civil parish in the Scarborough district of North Yorkshire named Ellerby. Ellerbeck is a small village and civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire that dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Elrebec. 
Important Dates for the Allerby family
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Allerby Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Ellerby, Ellarby, Ellerbie, Ellerbe, Ellarbie, Ellaby, Elleby, Ellebie, Ellabie, Elerbee, Elerby, Elerbie, Elarby, Elarbie, Elarbee, Allerby and many more.
Early Notables of the Allerby family (pre 1700)
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Allerby migration to New Zealand
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Allerby Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George Allerby, aged 28, a gardener, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873
- Sarah Ann Allerby, aged 28, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873
- George Allerby, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873
- James Allerby, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873
- Francis Allerby, aged 3, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)