Early Origins of the Ellem family
The surname Ellem was first found in Berwickshire
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 Ellem family
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Ellem Spelling Variations
During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Ellem occurred in many references, and spelling variations
of the name found included Ellem, Ellim, Ellam, Ellames, Ellams, Ellems and others.
Early Notables of the Ellem family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ellem family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ellem Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas Ellem, aged 36, a bricklayer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
Contemporary Notables of the name Ellem (post 1700)
- John N. Ellem, American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates 10th District; Elected 2010, 2012 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Michael Anthony "Mick" Ellem (b. 1952), Australian rugby union player
- Bradon Ellem, Australian writer, and teacher at the University of Sydney, Australia
The Ellem Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nec sperno nec timeo
Motto Translation: I neither despise nor fear.