Eberly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Eberly is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in either of the settlements called Everley in Wiltshire or the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Eberly 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 Eberly family

The surname Eberly 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 [1] 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." [2]

Everley in Wiltshire "at the time of the heptarchy, was the residence of Ina, King of the West Saxons; it subsequently belonged for many generations to the Plantagenets, dukes of Lancaster, and eventually became vested in the crown, as the property of Henry of Bolingbroke, afterwards Henry IV. " [3]

Early English rolls provide us a glimpse of the spelling variations used through Medieval times: Ailward de Euerlay was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1200 for Warwickshire; William de Everley in Yorkshire in 1247; and William de Euerley in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire in 1346. [4]

Further to the north in Scotland, this branch claims descent from "Everley in the North Riding, Yorkshire. Johannes de Euerlay, canon of Dunkeld, was papal commissioner, 1248 and also in 1250-1251 was witness to a charter by Geoffrey, bishop of Dunkeld. As Johannes de Evirlay or Ewerlay he is a charter witness in Perth in reigns of Alexander II and III. He may be Master John de Enerleya (u misread n), apparently a churchman, who attested a charter to Abbey of Culross, c. 1231." [5]

Early History of the Eberly family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eberly research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1268, 1511, 1586, 1554, 1554, 1639 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Eberly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eberly Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Eberly has been recorded under many different variations, including Everley, Eveleigh, Eveley, Evelley, Everlie and others.

Early Notables of the Eberly family (pre 1700)

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Eberly Ranking

In the United States, the name Eberly is the 7,985th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Eberly family to Ireland

Some of the Eberly family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Eberly migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Eberly or a variant listed above:

Eberly Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Barbara Eberly, aged 12, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [7]
  • Henrick Eberly, aged 11, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [7]
  • George Christopher Eberly, aged 24, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [7]
  • Joh Jacob Eberly, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1772 [7]
Eberly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Eberly, who landed in Ohio in 1850 [7]
  • James Eberly, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1858 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Eberly (post 1700) +

  • Angelina Belle Peyton Eberly (1798-1860), American innkeeper and a hero of Austin, Texas in the Texas Archive War; she fired a six-pound cannon into the General Land Office Building arousing the townsfolk of the ensuing secret removal of the archives of the Republic
  • Bob Eberly (1916-1981), born Robert Eberle, American big band vocalist, best known for his work with Jimmy Dorsey
  • Robert Edward Eberly (1918-2004), American Chairman of the Board of Eberly Natural Gas Company, eponym of Eberly Hall, University of Pittsburgh, co-eponym of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope
  • Joseph H. Eberly (b. 1935), Andrew Carnegie Professor of Physics and Professor of Optics at the University of Rochester, recipient of the Charles Hard Townes Award
  • John A. Eberly (d. 1949), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940 [8]
  • Henry S. Eberly, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1888 [8]
  • George Agler Eberly (b. 1871), American Republican politician, Justice of Nebraska State Supreme Court, 1925-43 [8]
  • A. G. Eberly, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1884 [8]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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