McAfera is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
name that is derived from the given name Averary.
For example, the first recorded instance of the name is Rogerus filius
Averary. His name means Rogerus son of Averary. Over time, the name changed until it achieved its modern form.
Early Origins of the McAfera family
The surname McAfera was first found in the county of Northumberland
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. Rogerus filius
Averary resided in the year 1166, and held manors and estates. One branch of the family was found in Egginton, Derbyshire
from ancient times. "The church [of Egginton], an ancient structure with a nave, chancel, aisles, and a neat low tower, contains several monuments to the Every family, and has some remains of stained glass." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the McAfera family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McAfera research.Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1664, 1654, 1643, 1679, 1679, 1620, 1700, 1653, 1696 and 1690 are included under the topic Early McAfera History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McAfera Spelling Variations
McAfera has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name McAfera have been found, including Avery, Averie, Avary, Every, MacAvera and others.
Early Notables of the McAfera family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Richard Avery; Samuel Avery (died 1664) was an English merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1654; John Every (c 1643-1679), an English landowner and politician from Dorset
who sat in the House of Commons in 1679; James... Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McAfera Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McAfera family to Ireland
Some of the McAfera family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 41 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 McAfera family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McAferas to arrive on North American shores: Jacob and George who settled in Virginia in 1635. Christopher Avery settled in Gloucester Massachusetts in 1640.