name Eversly comes from when the family resided in either of the settlements called Everley in Wiltshire
or the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The surname Eversly 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 Eversly family
The surname Eversly 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 Eversly family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eversly research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1268, 1511, 1586, 1554 and 1554 are included under the topic Early Eversly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Eversly 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. Eversly has been recorded under many different variations, including Everley, Eveleigh, Eveley, Evelley, Everlie and others.
Early Notables of the Eversly family (pre 1700)
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eversly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Eversly family to Ireland
Some of the Eversly 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 Eversly family to the New World and Oceana
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 Eversly or a variant listed above: Katherine Everley who settled in Virginia in 1654; Simon Everley settled in Philadelphia in 1753.