The name Ernlay is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in the village of Ernle, in the county of Sussex.
Early Origins of the Ernlay family
The surname Ernlay was first found in Sussex
at West Wittering, a parish, in the union of West Hampnett, hundred
of Manhood, rape of Chichester. "Wittering was the occasional residence of the bishops of Chichester from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century, when the episcopal palace, now called Cakeham Manor Place, became the property of the Ernley family; the ancient mansion has partly disappeared, and the remainder has been converted into a farmhouse." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Ernlay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ernlay research.Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1465, 1461, 1620, 1697, 1676, 1689, 1647 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Ernlay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ernlay 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 Ernlay 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Ernlay include: Ernle, Earnley, Ernley, Earnlie, Earnleigh and others.
Early Notables of the Ernlay family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Ernle, Esq.(died 1465), of Sidlesham, Sussex; John Ernle the Elder (born 1461), of Fosbury and Bishop's Cannings, Wiltshire; Sir John Ernle (1620-1697) was an English politician... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ernlay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ernlay 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 Ernlay or a variant listed above: Alexander Ernley arrived in Philadelphia in 1820.