The name Eally reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Eally family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Eally is based on 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 Eally family
The surname Eally 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 Eally family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eally research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1675, 1634 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Eally History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Eally Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Eally are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Eally include Ely, Elie, Ealy and others.
Early Notables of the Eally 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 Eally Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Eally family to Ireland
Some of the Eally 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 Eally family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Eally, 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.