The ancestors of the bearers of the Delly family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found beside the water. The surname Delly originally derived from the Old English word dell
which referred to someone who inhabited an area close to a body of water or glade.
Early Origins of the Delly family
The surname Delly was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
from ancient times. Dell means literally in the Saxon dialect "a dweller by the water," or "dell" a glade.
Early History of the Delly family
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Delly 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 Delly include Dell, Delle, Dells and others.
Early Notables of the Delly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Delly 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 Delly or a variant listed above: George Dell who settled first in Boston, and then moved to Salem Massachusetts, about the year 1630. He became a freeman in the year 1651. He was a merchant and died on a voyage to England
in 1654. Thomas Dell settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.