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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


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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.


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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.

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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

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  • Veo Easley (1932-2003), American Democrat politician, Member of Arkansas State House of Representatives, 1983-95
  • Robert W. Easley, American politician, Mayor of Tampa, Florida, 1894-95
  • Michael F. Easley (b. 1950), American Democrat politician, North Carolina State Attorney General, 1993-2001; Governor of North Carolina, 2001-; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2004, 2008
  • Mary Easley, American Democrat politician, Member of Oklahoma State House of Representatives 78th District
  • Kevin A. Easley, American Democrat politician, Member of Oklahoma State Senate 18th District
  • Mack Easley (1916-2006), American Democrat politician, Member of New Mexico State House of Representatives, 1951-52, 1955-62; Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico, 1963-64
  • Holt Easley, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1912
  • George A. Easley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1944
  • Frank S. Easley, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1945
  • David Milton Easley (b. 1875), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1920; Circuit Judge in West Virginia for the 9th Judicial Circuit, 1937-45

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  • 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. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. 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).
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-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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