Elle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Elle came to England with the ancestors of the Elle family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. It 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 Elle family

The surname Elle 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.

Important Dates for the Elle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elle research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1675, 1634 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Elle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Elle Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Ely, Elie, Ealy and others.

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

Migration of the Elle family to Ireland

Some of the Elle 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.

Elle migration to the United States

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Elle name or one of its variants:

Elle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Georg Elle, who landed in America in 1854 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Elle (post 1700)

  • Mary Elle Fanning, American actress and younger sister of Dakota Fanning
  • Elle Jade Mulvaney, English actress, best known for her role as Amy Barlow in the soap opera Coronation Street since 2010
  • Elle Semmens (b. 1991), Australian association footballer
  • Elle MacPherson (b. 1963), Australian model and actress

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  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)
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