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Where did the English Alvy family come from? What is the English Alvy family crest and coat of arms? When did the Alvy family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Alvy family history?

The history of the Alvy name began with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the Germanic personal name Aldway which was derived from Aeoelwig, which meant noble war.

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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 Alvy family name include Alvey, Alvay, Alvy, Alvie, Allvey, Elvy, Elvey, Aelfuuii, Alvi, Alfy, Elphey, Alfwy, Aluy, Eluy and many more.

First found in Oxfordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alvy research. Another 393 words(28 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 Alvy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 83 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alvy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, 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 Alvy surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Samuel Alvey, who sailed to New York in 1822; and Thomas Alvey to Philadelphia 1873.

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The Alvy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alvy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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