The name Eavelley belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons
. It is a product of their having lived in either of the settlements called Everley in Wiltshire
or the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The surname Eavelley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Eavelley family
The surname Eavelley was first found in North Yorkshire
at Everley or at Everleigh in Wiltshire
. Both are rather old villages. Everley in Yorkshire
dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was listed as Eurelai CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and Everleigh in Wiltshire
dates back further to Saxon times when it was listed as Eburleagh. Both have similar origins in that they both literally mean "wood or clearing frequented by wild boars," from the Old English words "eofar" + "leah." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Eavelley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eavelley research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1268, 1511, 1586, 1554 and 1554 are included under the topic Early Eavelley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Eavelley Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Eavelley include Everley, Eveleigh, Eveley, Evelley, Everlie and others.
Early Notables of the Eavelley family (pre 1700)
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eavelley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Eavelley family to Ireland
Some of the Eavelley family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Eavelley family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Eavelley were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Katherine Everley who settled in Virginia in 1654; Simon Everley settled in Philadelphia in 1753.