Elsie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Elsie are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture 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 Elsie family

The surname Elsie 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 Elsie family

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Elsie Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Elsie family name include Elsley, Elsey and others.

Early Notables of the Elsie family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Elsie family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Elsie surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Elsley who settled in Virginia in 1652; John Elsey settled in Maryland in 1740; Nicholas Elsey settled in Boston in 1637; Augustine Elsly settled in Virginia in 1653.

Contemporary Notables of the name Elsie (post 1700) +

  • Robert Elsie (1950-2017), Canadian scholar who specialized in Albanian literature and folklore
  • Mrs. Jean Elsie Pierson B.E.M. (b. 1931), British volunteer for St Philip’s School, was appointed Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 For services to the community in Romsey Town, Cambridge [1]
  • Amy Elsie Horrocks (1867-1920), English music educator, composer and pianist
  • Rosalind Elsie Franklin (1920-1958), British biophysicist, physicist, chemist, biologist, and X-ray crystallographer
  • J. Elsie Webb, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1964 [2]
  • Mrs. Elsie May Davies B.E.M., British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to Disadvantaged People in County Durham [3]
  • Elsie May Kittredge (1870-1954), American botanist, photographer, and curator for the New York Botanical Gardens
  • Elsie Finnimore Buckley (1882-1959), English writer and translator, born in Calcutta
  • Elsie W. Swenson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972
  • Elsie Goodwyn Holland, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Virginia 3rd District, 1996

The Elsie 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.

  1. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1

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