The Altvay name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Altvay is derived from the Germanic personal name Aldway
which was derived from Aeoelwig,
which meant noble war.
Early Origins of the Altvay family
The surname Altvay was first found in Oxfordshire
, where the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 had several early spellings of the name listed: Robert Alewi; Aldwy ad Fontem; William Aldwy and Walter Elwy. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
About the same time, the source the History of Norfolk
notes: "Roger Bigot had a small tenure at the Survey, held by a freeman of Alwi, in King Edward's reign."
Early History of the Altvay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Altvay research.Another 266 words (19 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 Altvay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Altvay Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Altvay were recorded, including Alvey, Alvay, Alvy, Alvie, Allvey, Elvy, Elvey, Aelfuuii, Alvi, Alfy, Elphey, Alfwy, Aluy, Eluy and many more.
Early Notables of the Altvay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Altvay family to Ireland
Some of the Altvay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Altvay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Altvay family emigrate to North America: Samuel Alvey, who sailed to New York in 1822; and Thomas Alvey to Philadelphia 1873.