In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Evilley surname lived in either of the settlements called Everley in Wiltshire
or the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The surname Evilley 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 Evilley family
The surname Evilley 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 Evilley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Evilley research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1268, 1511, 1586, 1554 and 1554 are included under the topic Early Evilley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Evilley Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Evilley are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Evilley include: Everley, Eveleigh, Eveley, Evelley, Everlie and others.
Early Notables of the Evilley family (pre 1700)
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Evilley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Evilley family to Ireland
Some of the Evilley 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 Evilley family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Evilley or a variant listed above: Katherine Everley who settled in Virginia in 1654; Simon Everley settled in Philadelphia in 1753.