Edey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The rich and ancient history of the Edey family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the son of Ede, as Edison, which was later shortened to Eadie. The surname Edey originally derived from the Old English word Eade which referred to abundant riches.However, another reference claims that the name was derived from the Middle English name Edwy and the Old English word Eadwig which are composed of the elements ead meaning prosperity and wig which meant war.

Early Origins of the Edey family

The surname Edey was first found in many counties throughout England. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 reveled the list the first records of the name: Edde (no personal name listed) in Norfolk; Edde filius Hugh in Huntingdonshire; William filius Ede in Suffolk; Robert filius Ede in Huntingdonshire; and William Ede in Norfolk. [1]

Early History of the Edey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edey research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1379, 1500, 1555, 1604, 1555, 1609, 1667 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Edey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Edey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Edey have been found, including Eadie, Eades, Edey, Eadey, Eddy, Edeson, Edison and others.

Early Notables of the Edey family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Richard Eedes or Edes (1555-1604), Dean of Worcester, born probably in Bedfordshire in 1555 of an old family which had been long seated at Sewell in...
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Ireland Migration of the Edey family to Ireland

Some of the Edey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Edey migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Edey, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Edey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Hum Edey, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [2]
  • Mr. Edey, who settled in Virginia in 1653
Edey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Benjamin Edey, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1716
Edey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • F. Edey, who settled in New York in 1823

Australia Edey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Edey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832


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