Heverlay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Heverlay family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Heverlay comes from when the family lived in either of the settlements called Everley in Wiltshire or the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Heverlay 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 Heverlay family

The surname Heverlay 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 Heverlay family

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

Heverlay 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 Heverlay has appeared include Everley, Eveleigh, Eveley, Evelley, Everlie and others.

Early Notables of the Heverlay family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Heverlay family to Ireland

Some of the Heverlay 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 Heverlay family

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 Heverlay arrived in North America very early: Katherine Everley who settled in Virginia in 1654; Simon Everley settled in Philadelphia in 1753.

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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