The generations and branches of the Autay family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The name Autay comes from the ancient personal name Auty.
Early Origins of the Autay family
The surname Autay was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Autay family
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Autay Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Autay include Auty, Autie, Autee, Awty, Awtee, Awtie and others.
Early Notables of the Autay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Autay family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Autay or a variant listed above: Henry Auty, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1871; and Alfred Auty to Philadelphia in 1878.