The ancestors of the Ealay family arrived in England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Ealay came from Fitz Elie, the name of a distinguished Norman family who came to England
in 1066 with William the Conqueror's invasion.
Early Origins of the Ealay family
The surname Ealay was first found in Cambridgeshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Ealay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ealay research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1675, 1634 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Ealay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ealay Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Ely, Elie, Ealy and others.
Early Notables of the Ealay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Nathaniel Ely (Eli) (1605-1675), born in Tenterden, Kent
, he sailing from Ipswich aboard the Elizabeth, in 1634 and became... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ealay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ealay family to Ireland
Some of the Ealay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 49 words (4 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 Ealay family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ealay or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Ely who settled in Virginia in 1623; Nathaniel Ely settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1630; Walter Ely settled in Virginia in 1621.