Show ContentsEverly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Everly comes from when the family resided in either of the settlements called Everley in Wiltshire or the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Everly 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 Everly family

The surname Everly 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 Everly family

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Everly Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Everly include Everley, Eveleigh, Eveley, Evelley, Everlie and others.

Early Notables of the Everly family (pre 1700)

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Everly Ranking

In the United States, the name Everly is the 10,635th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Everly family to Ireland

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United States Everly migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Everly Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Everly, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1757 [7]
  • Peter Everly, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1757 [7]
  • George Everly, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1762 [7]
  • John Everly, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [7]
Everly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Everly, who arrived in Maryland in 1831 [7]
  • James Everly, aged 34, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1856 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Everly (post 1700) +

  • Isaac Donald "Don" Everly (1937-2021), who with his brother Phil (1939-2013) were the Everley Brothers, top-selling country-influenced rock and roll performers, duo was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986
  • Jack Everly, American conductor and music arranger from Richmond, Indiana
  • Edan Donald Everly (b. 1968), American guitarist, musician, singer songwriter, relative to the Everly Brothers
  • Joe R. Everly (1908-1984), American politician, Mayor of Winfield, Kansas, 1951, 1955 [8]
  • J. Donald Everly, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1968 [8]
  • Ernest W. Everly, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 1936; Candidate for U.S. Senator from New Mexico, 1936 [8]
  • E. M. Everly, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 11th District, 1916 [8]
  • Ralph Everly Bushman (1903-1978), American actor who appeared in fifty-five films

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  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  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. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. 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)
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook