as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ally research.Another 166 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1041, 1543, 1046, 1092, 1153, 1166, 1451, 1539, 1455, 1487, 1810, 1510 and 1570 are included under the topic Early Ally History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ally has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Alye, Allye, Allie, Alley, Aley, Allee, Aleigh and many more.
Distinguished members of the family include William Alley (1510?-1570), English divine, Bishop of Exeter
, a native of Chipping Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
. "Early in the reign of Queen Elizabeth he became divinity reader at St. Paul's... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ally Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Allys to arrive on North American shores: Catherine Alyea, who was on record in Ameliasburgh in the census of Ontario of 1861; Sus Allie, who came to Virginia in 1690; and John Allie, who arrived in Canada in 1818..