Ellerby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Ellerby family

The surname Ellerby was first found in the East Riding of Yorkshire at Ellerby, a civil parish that dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Elwordebi at that time. [1] The name literally meant "farmstead or village of a man called Aelfweard" from the Old English personal name + the Scandinavian word "by." [2] Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Ellerby, held, according to the men of Holderness, by William Malet, a Norman Baron, Viscount of Arques, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. The site now is moated and is called Old Ellerby, near Wood Hall. New Ellerby is a hamlet in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Together with Old Ellerby it forms the civil parish of Ellerby. Allerby is a hamlet in Cumbria, England and there is a village and civil parish in the Scarborough district of North Yorkshire named Ellerby. Ellerbeck is a small village and civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire that dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Elrebec. [1]

Early History of the Ellerby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ellerby research. Another 49 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1385 and 1410 are included under the topic Early Ellerby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ellerby Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ellerby family name include Ellerby, Ellarby, Ellerbie, Ellerbe, Ellarbie, Ellaby, Elleby, Ellebie, Ellabie, Elerbee, Elerby, Elerbie, Elarby, Elarbie, Elarbee, Allerby and many more.

Early Notables of the Ellerby family (pre 1700)

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United States Ellerby migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Ellerby family to immigrate North America:

Ellerby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Eliz Ellerby, who settled in Virginia in 1689
Ellerby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Ellerby, who arrived in New York, NY in 1822

Canada Ellerby migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ellerby Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • David Ellerby, who arrived in Ontario in 1871

Contemporary Notables of the name Ellerby (post 1700) +

  • H. T. Ellerby, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Oakland County 1st District, 1930 [3]
  • Martin Ellerby (b. 1957), English composer, educated at the Royal College of Music, London, best known for his work Paris Sketches
  • Keaton Ellerby (b. 1988), Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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