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Where did the English Eberly family come from? What is the English Eberly family crest and coat of arms? When did the Eberly family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Eberly family history?

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.


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.

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]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eberly research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 126 and 1268 are included under the topic Early Eberly History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Eberly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


  • 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


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  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. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The Eberly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eberly 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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