Ealey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Ealey was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes 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 Ealey family

The surname Ealey 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.

Important Dates for the Ealey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ealey research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1675, 1634 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Ealey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ealey Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Ely, Elie, Ealy and others.

Early Notables of the Ealey family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Nathaniel Ely (Eli) (1605-1675), born in Tenterden, Kent, England, he sailing from Ipswich aboard the Elizabeth, in 1634 and became...
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Migration of the Ealey family to Ireland

Some of the Ealey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ealey migration to the United States

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ealey or a variant listed above:

Ealey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Martyn Ealey, aged 44, who immigrated to the United States from Penargyle, England, in 1908
  • Hannah M. Ealey, aged 41, who landed in America from England, in 1909
  • John Joseph Ealey, who landed in America, in 1917
  • Richard Ealey, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Richard Ealey, aged 25, who settled in America from Liverpool, England, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ealey (post 1700)

  • Robert Ealey (1925-2001), African-American blues singer
  • Charles "Chuck" Ealey (b. 1950), American-born, Canadian CFL quarterback football player, Most Outstanding Rookie Award (1972)
  • Kristian John Ealey (1977-2016), English actor and musician, best known for his roles in the soap operas Brookside (1998-2000) and Hollyoaks (2000-2004)
  • E.H.M. Ealey, Australian biologist, eponym of the Ealey Glacier, Australia
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