Elkey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Elkey was first used as a surname by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The ancestors of the Elkey family lived in Perth (in the region of Tayside), where the family has a rich history dating back many years.
Early Origins of the Elkey family
The surname Elkey was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Elkey family
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Elkey Spelling Variations
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Elkey has appeared Elgie, Elgee, Elgy, Elgey, Elge and others.
Early Notables of the Elkey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Elkey family
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Elkey: John Elgee who settled in Carolina in 1734.