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Early Origins of the Easley family

The surname Easley was 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 Estleia held estates in Yorkshire. [3]

Early History of the Easley family

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

Early Notables of the Easley family (pre 1700)

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Easley Ranking

In the United States, the name Easley is the 1,766th most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [4]

United States Easley 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 Easley were among those contributors:

Easley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Easley, aged 27, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1874 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Easley (post 1700) +

  • Lori Easley Otter (b. 1967), American former beauty queen, First Lady of Idaho (2007-2019)
  • Annie J. Easley (1933-2011), American computer scientist, mathematician, and rocket scientist who worked for Lewis Research Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • 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
  • David Alan Easley (b. 1950), American economist, Chair of the Economics department at Cornell University
  • 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
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Brian E Easley (1959-1985), American Sergeant from Independence, Missouri, USA who died in the Arrow Air Flight 1285 crash [6]

Suggested Readings for the name Easley +

  • 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.

  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)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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)
  6. American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from on Facebook