Origins Available: English
Elley is a name that first reached England
following 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 Elley family
The surname Elley 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.
Early History of the Elley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elley research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1675, 1634 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Elley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Elley 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 Elley family name include Ely, Elie, Ealy and others.
Early Notables of the Elley family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Nathaniel Ely (Eli) (1605-1675), born in Tenterden, Kent
, he sailing from Ipswich aboard the Elizabeth, in 1634 and became... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Elley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Elley family to Ireland
Some of the Elley family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 49 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Elley family to the New World and Oceana
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 Elley family to immigrate North America: Elizabeth Ely who settled in Virginia in 1623; Nathaniel Ely settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1630; Walter Ely settled in Virginia in 1621.