Show ContentsEveleigh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Eveleigh come from when the family resided in either of the settlements called Everley in Wiltshire or the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Eveleigh belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Eveleigh family

The surname Eveleigh was first found in North Yorkshire at Everley or at Everleigh in Wiltshire. Both are rather old villages. Everley in Yorkshire dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Eurelai [1] and Everleigh in Wiltshire dates back further to Saxon times when it was listed as Eburleagh. Both have similar origins in that they both literally mean "wood or clearing frequented by wild boars," from the Old English words "eofar" + "leah." [2]

Everley in Wiltshire "at the time of the heptarchy, was the residence of Ina, King of the West Saxons; it subsequently belonged for many generations to the Plantagenets, dukes of Lancaster, and eventually became vested in the crown, as the property of Henry of Bolingbroke, afterwards Henry IV. " [3]

Early English rolls provide us a glimpse of the spelling variations used through Medieval times: Ailward de Euerlay was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1200 for Warwickshire; William de Everley in Yorkshire in 1247; and William de Euerley in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire in 1346. [4]

Further to the north in Scotland, this branch claims descent from "Everley in the North Riding, Yorkshire. Johannes de Euerlay, canon of Dunkeld, was papal commissioner, 1248 and also in 1250-1251 was witness to a charter by Geoffrey, bishop of Dunkeld. As Johannes de Evirlay or Ewerlay he is a charter witness in Perth in reigns of Alexander II and III. He may be Master John de Enerleya (u misread n), apparently a churchman, who attested a charter to Abbey of Culross, c. 1231." [5]

Early History of the Eveleigh family

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Eveleigh Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Eveleigh has been recorded under many different variations, including Everley, Eveleigh, Eveley, Evelley, Everlie and others.

Early Notables of the Eveleigh family (pre 1700)

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Eveleigh Ranking

In Newfoundland, Canada, the name Eveleigh is the 476th most popular surname with an estimated 99 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Eveleigh family to Ireland

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United States Eveleigh migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Eveleigh or a variant listed above:

Eveleigh Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anna Eveleigh, aged 55, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Cyril Eveleigh, aged 34, who landed in America from London, England, in 1911
  • Netter Eveleigh, aged 35, who landed in America from Canterbury, England, in 1914
  • Doris Eveleigh, aged 24, who settled in America from Kingston, Jamaica, in 1917
  • Ada Maisonette Eveleigh, aged 53, who landed in America from Broabstairs England, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Eveleigh migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Eveleigh Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Jessie Eveleigh, aged 24, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1912
  • Josephine Eveleigh, aged 60, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1912
  • Sydney M Eveleigh, aged 43, who immigrated to Vancouver, Canada, in 1914

Australia Eveleigh migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Eveleigh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Eveleigh, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837 [7]
  • Mr. John Eveleigh, English convict who was convicted in Dorset, England for life, transported aboard the "Emma Eugenia" on 2nd November 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]

New Zealand Eveleigh migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Eveleigh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Eveleigh, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Spray of the Ocean" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 1st September 1859 [9]
  • Mr. James Eveleigh, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Spray of the Ocean" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 1st September 1859 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Eveleigh (post 1700) +

  • Dennis G. Eveleigh (b. 1947), American jurist, Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court
  • Nicholas Eveleigh (1748-1791), American planter and politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1781; Delegate to Continental Congress from South Carolina, 1781-82
  • William George Eveleigh (1868-1950), English organist at Saint Finbarre's Cathedral in Cork, Ireland
  • John Eveleigh (1716-1770), English rector of Winkleigh in Devon, father of John Eveleigh, Provost of Orial College
  • John Eveleigh (1748-1814), English churchman and academic, Provost of Oriel College, Oxford from 1781
  • Robert Eveleigh (b. 1962), English former professional footballer
  • John Eveleigh, English surveyor and architect in Bath in the late 1700's
  • Kevin Alfred Eveleigh (b. 1947), former New Zealand rugby union player
  • Sir Edward Walter Eveleigh QC (1917-2014), British barrister, judge and British Army officer

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Trevor James Eveleigh, British Signalman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking, was listed as missing and presumed killed during the evacuation of Singapore 1942 [10]

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  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  7. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARTLEY 1837. Retrieved from
  8. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th March 2022).
  9. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  10. HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook