Ellay is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Ellay is a name that comes from 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 Ellay family
The surname Ellay 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 Ellay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ellay research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1675, 1634 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Ellay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ellay Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Ely, Elie, Ealy and others.
Early Notables of the Ellay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Nathaniel Ely (Eli) (1605-1675), born in Tenterden, Kent
, he sailing from Ipswich aboard the Elizabeth, in 1634 and became... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ellay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ellay family to Ireland
Some of the Ellay 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.
Migration of the Ellay family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Ellay or a variant listed above were: Elizabeth Ely who settled in Virginia in 1623; Nathaniel Ely settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1630; Walter Ely settled in Virginia in 1621.