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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

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was

  • Henry Ellem of Berwickshire

Australia Ellem migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ellem Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Ellem migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

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 [2]
  • 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.

  1. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook