The name Ealley arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Ealley 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 Ealley family
The surname Ealley 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 Ealley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ealley research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1675, 1634 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Ealley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ealley Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Ely, Elie, Ealy and others.
Early Notables of the Ealley 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 Ealley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ealley family to Ireland
Some of the Ealley 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 Ealley family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Ealley 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.