Ealy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Ealy family first reached the shores of England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Their name is derived 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 Ealy family

The surname Ealy 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 Ealy family

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

Ealy Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Ely, Elie, Ealy and others.

Early Notables of the Ealy 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 Ealy family to Ireland

Some of the Ealy 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.

Migration of the Ealy family

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Ealy 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Ealy (post 1700)

  • Michael Ealy (b. 1973), stage name of Michael Brown, American Golden Globe nominated actor, known for Seven Pounds (2008), Underworld: Awakening (2012) and Think Like a Man (2012)
  • Samuel Ealy (1838-1915), American cattleman and a soldier
  • Samuel Ealy (1877-1937), American Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives
  • Biren Synclare Ealy (b. 1984), American football wide receiver
  • David B. Ealy (b. 1888), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 2nd District, 1939-42 [1]
  • Charles H. Ealy (b. 1884), American Republican politician, Somerset County Solicitor, 1916-19; Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 36th District, 1927-46; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940 [1]
  • Samuel Ealy Johnson (1838-1915), American cattleman and a soldier


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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