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The name Earley is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who was a male who was of manly character. The surname Earley originally derived from the Old English word Eorlic which referred to one who displayed manly characteristics. The surname Earley belongs to a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames. Nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal.

Earley Early Origins



The surname Earley was first found in Somerset where one of the first records of the name was John de Earlea who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1162. A few years later, William de Erlega was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Sussex in 1190 and John de Erley was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Berkshire in 1230. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Bardsley claims the name was a local name "of Earley, a parish in the diocese of Oxford." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
He quotes another contemporary source "Lower says 'A liberty in the parish of Sonning, co. Berks.' " [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The latter Berkshire local was confirmed by Reaney. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list the following found in Somerset: Clemens Erleghe; Phillip Erlee; and Warin Erlee. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The Berkshire local is the only one we could find today.

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Earley Spelling Variations


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Earley Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Earley has undergone many spelling variations, including Early, Erlegh, Erlee, Erly, Earley, Erle, Erley, Arlie and many more.

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Earley Early History


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Earley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Earley research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 127 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Earley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Earley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Earley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Earley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Earley In Ireland


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Earley In Ireland



Some of the Earley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Earley were among those contributors:

Earley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Earley, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761

Earley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Earley, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Rose Earley, aged 40, landed in New York in 1854
  • Francis Earley, aged 18, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Michael Earley settled in Philadelphia in 1868
  • Earley, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1892

Earley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Annie Earley, aged 30, who emigrated to America, in 1901
  • Annie Earley, aged 20, who landed in America from Ballyjamesduff, Ireland, in 1908
  • Charlotte Earley, aged 24, who landed in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1908
  • Edward Earley, aged 34, who settled in America from Cardendin, Scotland, in 1913
  • Annie Earley, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Dublin, Ireland, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Earley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Earley (post 1700)



  • William Albert "Bill" Earley (b. 1956), American retired Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Lori Earley, American pop surrealist artist
  • Jay Earley, American computer scientist and psychologist who invented the Earley parser
  • Kevin Earley, American stage, film, and television actor
  • Candice Jean Earley (b. 1950), American actress
  • Pete Earley, American journalist and writer of non-fiction books and novels
  • John Joseph Earley (1881-1945), American fourth generation stone carver and ecclesiastical artist, best known for the invention of the Earley Process
  • Thomas Francis Aloysius Earley (1917-1988), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Tony Earley (b. 1961), American novelist and short story writer from San Antonio, Texas
  • Arnold Carl Earley (1933-1999), American Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  11. ...

The Earley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Earley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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