Elveray is a name that dates far back into the mists of early British history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes. It is derived from the Germanic personal name Aldway
which was derived from Aeoelwig,
which meant noble war.
Early Origins of the Elveray family
The surname Elveray was first found in Oxfordshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Elveray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elveray research.Another 393 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1279, 1279, 1296, 1327, 1349, 1369, 1561, 1645, 1584, 1645, 1704 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Elveray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Elveray 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 Elveray 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 Elveray include: Alvey, Alvay, Alvy, Alvie, Allvey, Elvy, Elvey, Aelfuuii, Alvi, Alfy, Elphey, Alfwy, Aluy, Eluy and many more.
Early Notables of the Elveray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Elveray 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 Elveray or a variant listed above: Samuel Alvey, who sailed to New York in 1822; and Thomas Alvey to Philadelphia 1873.