Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Averley is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in either of the settlements called Everley in Wiltshire
or the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The surname Averley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Averley family
The surname Averley was first found in North Yorkshire
at Everley or at Everleigh in Wiltshire
. Both are rather old villages. Everley in Yorkshire
dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was listed as Eurelai CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and Everleigh in Wiltshire
dates back further to Saxon times when it was listed as Eburleagh. Both have similar origins in that they both literally mean "wood or clearing frequented by wild boars," from the Old English words "eofar" + "leah." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Averley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Averley research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1268, 1511, 1586, 1554 and 1554 are included under the topic Early Averley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Averley Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Averley has been spelled many different ways, including Everley, Eveleigh, Eveley, Evelley, Everlie and others.
Early Notables of the Averley family (pre 1700)
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Averley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Averley family to Ireland
Some of the Averley family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 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 Averley family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Averleys to arrive in North America: Katherine Everley who settled in Virginia in 1654; Simon Everley settled in Philadelphia in 1753.