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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.

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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]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." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eberly research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1268, 1511, 1586, 1554 and 1554 are included under the topic Early Eberly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eberly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Eberly 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.

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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, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Henrick Eberly, aged 11, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • George Christopher Eberly, aged 24, landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Joh Jacob Eberly, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1772

Eberly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Eberly, who landed in Ohio in 1850
  • James Eberly, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1858
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  • 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
  • Henry S. Eberly, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1888
  • George Agler Eberly (b. 1871), American Republican politician, Justice of Nebraska State Supreme Court, 1925-43
  • A. G. Eberly, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1884
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Citations



  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)

Other References

  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. 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.
  8. 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).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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