Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the Cumberland village of Allonby, which was also known as Ellonby. The first part of this settlement's name was originally derived from the Anglo-Norman word aguillon, meaning goad or spur. The second part of the settlement's name was the Old English word by, which means farm or settlement.
Early Origins of the Alnabay family
Cumberland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Alnabay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alnabay research.
Another 297 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1349, 1369, 1522, 1581 and 1742 are included under the topic Early Alnabay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Alnabay Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Alnabay family name include Allenby, Allanby, Allenbie, Allanbie, Allonby, Allemby, Allamby, Aleynby, Alomby, Alanby and many more.
Early Notables of the Alnabay family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Alnabay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Alnabay family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Alnabay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: William Allenby, who sailed to Virginia in 1648; and Frederick Allenby, who was recorded in Waterloo County, Ontario in 1877.
Alnabay Family Crest Products