Earnlee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Earnlee has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the village of Ernle, in the county of Sussex.
Early Origins of the Earnlee family
The surname Earnlee was first found in Sussex at West Wittering, a parish, in the union of West Hampnett, hundred of Manhood, rape of Chichester. "Wittering was the occasional residence of the bishops of Chichester from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century, when the episcopal palace, now called Cakeham Manor Place, became the property of the Ernley family; the ancient mansion has partly disappeared, and the remainder has been converted into a farmhouse." 
Important Dates for the Earnlee family
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Earnlee Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Earnlee have been found, including Ernle, Earnley, Ernley, Earnlie, Earnleigh and others.
Early Notables of the Earnlee family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Ernle, Esq.(died 1465), of Sidlesham, Sussex; John Ernle the Elder (born 1461), of Fosbury and Bishop's Cannings, Wiltshire; Sir John Ernle (1620-1697) was an English politician...
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Migration of the Earnlee family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Earnlee, or a variant listed above: Alexander Ernley arrived in Philadelphia in 1820.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.