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Today's generation of the Ellery family bears a name that was brought to England by the wave of emigration that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the medieval given name Hillary, which was originally derived from the Latin personal name Hilarius, which means cheerful glad, happy and joyful.

Ellery Early Origins



The surname Ellery was first found in Norfolk 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. Hilary (c.1110-1169) was a medieval Bishop of Chichester,.

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Ellery Spelling Variations


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Ellery Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Hillary, Hillery and others.

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Ellery Early History


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Ellery Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ellery research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1206 is included under the topic Early Ellery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ellery Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ellery Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Ellery Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Ellery or a variant listed above:

Ellery Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Ellery, who was on record in Maryland in 1654
  • Henry Ellery, who landed in Maryland in 1654
  • Elizabeth Ellery, who arrived in Maryland in 1668
  • William Ellery, who landed in New England in 1672
  • William Ellery, who came to New England in 1672

Ellery Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Ellery, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1794

Ellery Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John B Ellery, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Ellery Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Ellery arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pakenham" in 1849
  • James Ellery, aged 31, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1851
  • Eliza Ellery, aged 32, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1851
  • James Ellery, aged 5, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1851
  • James Ellery, aged 31, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Lysander"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ellery Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Ellery, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • Thomas Ellery, aged 32, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
  • Agnes Ellery, aged 32, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
  • Mary A. Ellery, aged 7, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
  • Ida B. Ellery, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ellery (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ellery (post 1700)



  • William Ellery Sr. (1701-1764), American merchant and politician, 31st Deputy Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (1748-1750)
  • Greg Ellery, American actor, known for his work on The Room (2003), The Bike Squad (2005) and Full Frame (2014)
  • Kristina Ellery, American actress, known for her work on Ted (2012), Fallen Cards (2014) and 2 (2007)
  • William Ellery (1720-1820), American signer of the United States Declaration of Independence for Rhode Island, 23rd Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court (1785-1786), second son of William Ellery, Sr
  • Christopher Ellery (1768-1840), American politician, United States Senator from Rhode Island (1801-1805)
  • William Ellery, American politician, Postmaster at Hartford, Connecticut, 1775-78
  • William Ellery (1727-1820), American politician, Delegate to Continental Congress from Rhode Island, 1776, Justice of Rhode Island State Supreme Court, 1785
  • Robert J. Ellery, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from St. Clair District, 1962
  • Lawrence C. Ellery, American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Keene 4th Ward; Elected 1938; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1940
  • Joseph F. Ellery, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1868
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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    Other References

    1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Ellery Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ellery Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 9 March 2016 at 12:57.

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