Early Origins of the Elright family
The surname Elright was first found in Bedfordshire
(Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England
, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon
kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1250 when William Ailright held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Elright family
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Elright Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Elright has been spelled many different ways, including Allright, Allwright, Alwright, Alright, Elright, Oldright, Eldwright, Oldrite, Oldwright, Elwright and many more.
Early Notables of the Elright family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Elright family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Elrights to arrive in North America: Margaret Allright, who arrived in New England
in 1667; John Allright, who arrived in Annapolis, MD in 1731; Joseph Allwright, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1757.