Earley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early Origins of the Earley family
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.  Bardsley claims the name was a local name "of Earley, a parish in the diocese of Oxford."  He quotes another contemporary source "Lower says 'A liberty in the parish of Sonning, co. Berks.' "  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.  The Berkshire local is the only one we could find today.
Early History of the Earley family
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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.
Early Notables of the Earley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Earley family to Ireland
Some of the Earley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Earley migration to the United States +
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, who arrived in New York in 1854 
- Rose Earley, aged 40, who landed in New York in 1854 
- Francis Earley, aged 18, who arrived in New York in 1854 
- Michael Earley, who 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 immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States from Dublin, Ireland, in 1913
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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.)
Related Stories +
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)