Early Origins of the Ealiff family
The surname Ealiff was first found in Northumberland
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands. The first record is of a Ailef of Palestine who was preumably a returning Norman knight from the Holy Land about 1200. He, or his successors, held estates in that shire in 1175.
Early History of the Ealiff family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ealiff research.Another 242 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1534, 1585, 1563, 1627, 1621, 1622, 1592, 1662, 1661, 1662, 1618, 1675, 1685, 1631, 1722, 1676 and 1732 are included under the topic Early Ealiff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ealiff Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Ealiff were recorded, including Ayloffe, Ayloff, Ayliffe, Ayliff and others.
Early Notables of the Ealiff family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Ayloffe (died 1585), an English judge of the Queen's Bench; Sir William Ayloffe, 1st Baronet
(1563-1627), English Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Stockbridge from 1621 to 1622, from Braxtead Magna, Essex; Sir Benjamin Ayloffe, 2nd Baronet
(1592-1662), an English landowner and politician... Another 111 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ealiff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ealiff family to Ireland
Some of the Ealiff family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 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 Ealiff family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Ealiff arrived in North America very early: Edward Ayliffe, aged 38, who arrived at Ellis Island
, in 1922; Frank Ayliffe, aged 37, who arrived at Ellis Island
from London, England
, in 1909; Harry Ayliffe, aged 28, who arrived at Ellis Island
from London, in 1907.