The Elsley surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name 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 Elsley family
The surname Elsley 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 Elsley family
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Elsley Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Elsley are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Elsley include: Elsley, Elsey and others.
Early Notables of the Elsley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Elsley family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Elsley or a variant listed above:
Elsley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Elsley who settled in Virginia in 1652
Elsley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Elsley, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1804 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)
Elsley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Elsley, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
Elsley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Hannah Elsley, aged 21, a cook, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Elsley (post 1700)
- Bryan Elsley (b. 1961), Scottish-born, American television writer CITATION[CLOSE]
Bryan Elsley. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Bryan Elsley. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryan_Elsley
- Arthur John Elsley (1860-1952), British painter, famous for his idyllic genre scenes of playful children and their pets CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur Elsley. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Arthur Elsley. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Elsley
The Elsley 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.