The name Evillay first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in either of the settlements called Everley in Wiltshire
or the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The surname Evillay 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 Evillay family
The surname Evillay 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 Evillay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Evillay research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1268, 1511, 1586, 1554 and 1554 are included under the topic Early Evillay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Evillay Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Evillay has appeared include Everley, Eveleigh, Eveley, Evelley, Everlie and others.
Early Notables of the Evillay family (pre 1700)
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Evillay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Evillay family to Ireland
Some of the Evillay 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 Evillay family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Evillay arrived in North America very early: Katherine Everley who settled in Virginia in 1654; Simon Everley settled in Philadelphia in 1753.