The name Etlea is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in Kent
, where they held a family seat
at Lee's Court.
The original form of this name was atte Lee,
which became modified to the shorter form Etlea.
Early Origins of the Etlea family
The surname Etlea was first found in Kent
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Etlea family
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Etlea 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 Etlea 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 Etlea include: Atlee, Attley, Attlie, Atleigh, Atley, Atleys and others.
Early Notables of the Etlea family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Etlea 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 Etlea or a variant listed above: William Atlee, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1744, and descended was Walter Franklin Atlee related to Benjamin Franklin, also of Philadelphia.