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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?

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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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  • 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
  • Marcus Landon Easley (b. 1987), American football wide receiver
  • Kenneth Logan Easley (b. 1961), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Lori Easley Otter (b. 1967), American former beauty queen and current First Lady of Idaho since 2007
  • Lynwood Lacey "Sonny" Easley (1939-1978), American racecar driver
  • Margaret Easley (b. 1970), American actress
  • Ralph Montgomery Easley (1856-1939), American journalist and political organizer
  • Edward Michael Easley (b. 1985), American Minor League Baseball catcher

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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. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  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. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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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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