Heavilley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Heavilley dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in either of the settlements called Everley in Wiltshire or the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Heavilley 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 Heavilley family

The surname Heavilley 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]

Important Dates for the Heavilley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heavilley research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1268, 1511, 1586, 1554 and 1554 are included under the topic Early Heavilley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heavilley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Heavilley have been found, including Everley, Eveleigh, Eveley, Evelley, Everlie and others.

Early Notables of the Heavilley family (pre 1700)

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heavilley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Heavilley family to Ireland

Some of the Heavilley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Heavilley family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Heavilley, or a variant listed above: Katherine Everley who settled in Virginia in 1654; Simon Everley settled in Philadelphia in 1753.

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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