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Where did the English Easley family come from? What is the English Easley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Easley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Easley family history?


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 Easley has undergone many spelling variations, including Eastley, Eastleigh, Eastly, Easley, Easly, Easlie and many more.

First found in Hampshire at Eastleigh, originally a Saxon village first recorded c. 932 as "East lea" where "leah" was an ancient Anglo-Saxon word meaning "a clearing in a forest." Collectively the place name meant "east wood or clearing." [1] The village lies on the old Roman road, built c. 79 A.D. between Winchester and Bitterne. By the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, the village was known as Estleie. [2] Today the village is a railway town in the Borough of Eastleigh. As far as the surname is concerned, it was first referenced in the year 1219 when Henry of Eastley held estates in Yorkshire.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Easley research. Another 323 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1541, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Easley History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Easley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Easley were among those contributors:

Easley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Easley, aged 27, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1874


  • Stephen Easley (1952-2013), American businessman and politician, Member of the New Mexico House of Representatives in 2013
  • Kenneth Mason Easley Jr. (b. 1959), American former college and professional football player, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Annie J. Easley (1933-2011), African-American computer scientist, mathematician, and rocket scientist who worked for Lewis Research Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • David Alan Easley (b. 1950), American economist, Chair of the Economics department at Cornell University
  • Lori Easley Otter (b. 1967), American former beauty queen and current First Lady of Idaho since 2007
  • Walter Edward "Walt" Easley (b. 1957), American former fullback in the NFL who played from 1981 to 1984
  • Michael Francis "Mike" Easley (b. 1950), American politician, 72nd Governor of North Carolina (2001-2009)
  • Jeff Easley (b. 1954), American oil painter who creates fantasy artwork, best known for his many designs in the Dungeons and Dragons books
  • Jacinto Damion Easley (b. 1969), American former Major League Baseball player who played from 1992 to 2008
  • Edward Michael Easley (b. 1985), American Minor League Baseball catcher


  • Now Living in Boone County, Missouri: Our Family Genealogies by Virginia Easley DeMarce.
  • A Tentative Outline of U.S. Easley Lines Primarily to the Year 1800 by Virginia Easley DeMarce.

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The Easley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Easley 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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