Elsbury History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Elsbury family
The surname Elsbury 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.  The name literally meant "farmstead or village of a man called Aelfweard" from the Old English personal name + the Scandinavian word "by."  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. 
Early History of the Elsbury family
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Elsbury Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Elsbury has been recorded under many different variations, including Ellerby, Ellarby, Ellerbie, Ellerbe, Ellarbie, Ellaby, Elleby, Ellebie, Ellabie, Elerbee, Elerby, Elerbie, Elarby, Elarbie, Elarbee, Allerby and many more.
Early Notables of the Elsbury family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Elsbury family
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Elsburys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Eliz Ellerby, who came to Virginia in 1689; Robert Ellerbey, who came to Nova Scotia in 1750; Edward Ellerby, who arrived in New York, NY in 1822; Heinrich Ellerbeck, who arrived in New Orleans in 1867.
Contemporary Notables of the name Elsbury (post 1700) +
- Andrew Warren Elsbury (b. 1979), Australian politician
- Brigadier Andrew Elsbury Arthur (b. 1909), Australian Commander Royal Artillery 5th Australian Infantry Division 
Historic Events for the Elsbury family +
- Mr. William James Elsbury (d. 1912), aged 47, English Third Class passenger from Taunton, Somerset who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking 
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