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Elsey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The history of the name Elsey begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name Elsy, which was originally derived from the Old Norse word Aelfsige, which literally means elf-victory. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.

Early Origins of the Elsey family


The surname Elsey was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Elsey family


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Elsey Spelling Variations


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Elsey has been recorded under many different variations, including Elsley, Elsey and others.

Early Notables of the Elsey family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Elsey family to the New World and Oceana


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Elsey or a variant listed above:

Elsey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nicholas Elsey, who settled in Boston in 1637
  • John Elsey, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Peter Elsey, who arrived in Maryland in 1661 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Elsey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Elsey, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Elsey, who settled in Maryland in 1740

Elsey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Elsey, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1852

Contemporary Notables of the name Elsey (post 1700)


  • Bernie Elsey (1906-1986), English-born, Australian property developer and entrepreneur [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Bernie Elsey. (Retrieved 2010, October 6) Bernie Elsey. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Elsey
  • William Elsey (1870-1936), English-born rugby player [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    William Elsey. (Retrieved 2010, October 6) William Elsey. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Elsey_(rugby_player)
  • The Rt Rev William Edward Elsey (1880-1966), Anglican Bishop, Bishop of Kalgoorlie [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    William Elsey. (Retrieved 2010, October 6) William Elsey. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Elsey
  • Karl William Elsey (b. 1958), Welsh former professional footballer

The Elsey Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sans Dieu rien
Motto Translation: Without God, nothing.


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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Bernie Elsey. (Retrieved 2010, October 6) Bernie Elsey. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Elsey
  3. ^ William Elsey. (Retrieved 2010, October 6) William Elsey. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Elsey_(rugby_player)
  4. ^ William Elsey. (Retrieved 2010, October 6) William Elsey. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Elsey

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