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The name Eley was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. Eley is based on Fitz Elie, the name of a distinguished Norman family who came to England in 1066 with William the Conqueror's invasion.

Eley Early Origins



The surname Eley was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Eley Spelling Variations


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Eley Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Eley were recorded, including Ely, Elie, Ealy and others.

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Eley Early History


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Eley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eley research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1675, 1634 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Eley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Eley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Eley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Nathaniel Ely (Eli) (1605-1675), born in Tenterden, Kent, England, he sailing from Ipswich aboard the Elizabeth, in 1634 and became...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Eley In Ireland


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Eley In Ireland



Some of the Eley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 49 words (4 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Eley arrived in North America very early:

Eley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Eley, who arrived in Virginia in 1639
  • John Eley, who landed in Virginia in 1649
  • Christopr Eley, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • William Eley, who arrived in Maryland in 1668

Eley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ulderick Eley, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Abraham Eley, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765

Eley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Eley, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  • John Eley, aged 31, a baker, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian"
  • John Eley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849
  • Sarah Eley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849

Eley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Eley arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Jane" in 1841
  • Alfred Eley arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Jane" in 1841

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Contemporary Notables of the name Eley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Eley (post 1700)



  • Steve Eley, American speculative fiction author and former podcaster
  • Charles and William Eley, English founders of Eley Brothers, gun cartridge makers in Edmonton, London
  • Frederick Eley (1866-1951), 1st Baronet, an English banker
  • Bridget Katharine Cracroft- Eley CVO JP (b. 1933), former British secretary, farmer and magistrate, Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire (1995-2008)
  • Brian Ratcliffe Eley (b. 1946), former British Chess Champion, now a fugitive from the British police since 1991
  • Geoff Eley (b. 1949), British-born historian and Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Charles Ryves Maxwell Eley OBE (1902-1983), British gold medalist rower at the 1924 Summer Olympics

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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821

Other References

  1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Eley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eley 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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