The lineage of the name Everslay begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in either of the settlements called Everley in Wiltshire
or the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The surname Everslay 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 Everslay family
The surname Everslay 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 CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Everslay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Everslay research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1268, 1511, 1586, 1554 and 1554 are included under the topic Early Everslay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Everslay Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Everslay has undergone many spelling variations
, including Everley, Eveleigh, Eveley, Evelley, Everlie and others.
Early Notables of the Everslay family (pre 1700)
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Everslay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Everslay family to Ireland
Some of the Everslay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Everslay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Everslay were among those contributors: Katherine Everley who settled in Virginia in 1654; Simon Everley settled in Philadelphia in 1753.