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Eley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , German


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.


Early Origins of the Eley family


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.

Early History of the Eley family


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Another 81 words (6 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Eley family (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...
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Migration of the Eley family to Ireland


Some of the Eley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Eley family to the New World and Oceana


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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Eley, who landed in Virginia in 1649 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Christopr Eley, who arrived in Virginia in 1651 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • William Eley, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Eley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ulderick Eley, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Abraham Eley, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

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 [2]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, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INDIAN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Indian.htm
  • John Eley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INDIAN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Indian.htm
  • Sarah Eley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INDIAN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Indian.htm

Eley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

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 in the 1820s
  • Frederick Eley (1866-1951), 1st Baronet, an English banker, Chairman of John Waddington Ltd, Cope & Timmins, Crosse & Blackwell Ltd (1932–1946), the Waldorf Hotel Company, and the Bank of British West Africa (1942–1948)
  • Sir Geoffrey Cecil Ryves Eley CBE JP FLS (1904-1990), British businessman and author from East Bergholt, Suffolk, a director of the Bank of England, High Sheriff of both the County of London (1954-1955) and the City of London (1966-1967), older brother of Maxwell Eley
  • Geoffrey Howard "Geoff" Eley (b. 1949), British-born historian, known for his studies of Germany
  • Bridget Katharine Cracroft- Eley CVO JP (b. 1933), British secretary, farmer and magistrate, Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire (1995-2008)
  • Charles Ryves Maxwell Eley OBE (1902-1983), British gold medalist rower at the 1924 Summer Olympics from Samford, Suffolk, younger brother of Geoffrey Eley
  • 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
  • Brigadier-General Eley Parker Denson (1884-1970), American Commanding Officer Seattle Port of Embarkation (1941-1946) [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 10) Eley Denson. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Denson/Eley_Parker/USA.html

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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INDIAN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Indian.htm
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 10) Eley Denson. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Denson/Eley_Parker/USA.html


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