The name Olvay is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of the Britain and comes from the Germanic personal name Aldway
which was derived from Aeoelwig,
which meant noble war.
Early Origins of the Olvay family
The surname Olvay was first found in Oxfordshire
, where the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 had several early spellings of the name listed: Robert Alewi; Aldwy ad Fontem; William Aldwy and Walter Elwy. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
About the same time, the source the History of Norfolk
notes: "Roger Bigot had a small tenure at the Survey, held by a freeman of Alwi, in King Edward's reign."
Early History of the Olvay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Olvay research.Another 266 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1279, 1279, 1296, 1327, 1349, 1369, 1561, 1645, 1584, 1645, 1704 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Olvay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Olvay Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Olvay has been spelled many different ways, including Alvey, Alvay, Alvy, Alvie, Allvey, Elvy, Elvey, Aelfuuii, Alvi, Alfy, Elphey, Alfwy, Aluy, Eluy and many more.
Early Notables of the Olvay family (pre 1700)
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Olvay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Olvay family to Ireland
Some of the Olvay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 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 Olvay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Olvays to arrive in North America: Samuel Alvey, who sailed to New York in 1822; and Thomas Alvey to Philadelphia 1873.