Early Origins of the Onelay family
The surname Onelay was first found in Buckinghamshire
at Olney, a market town and civil parish in the Borough of Milton Keynes. The place dates back to 979 where it was listed as Ollanege. By the time of the Domesday Book
, the place name had evolved to Olnei CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
which meant "island, or dry ground in a marsh, of a man called Olla," derived from the Old English personal name
+ eg. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
On November 4th, 1643, Olney was the site of the Battle of Olney Bridge, a skirmish in the First English Civil War. The town has a long history as a lace-making centre, but is best known as the place where the Olney Hymns were written.
John Newton (1725-1807), author of the hymn Amazing Grace was curate of Olney. Some of the family were found in Weston-Underwood in early times. "The church [of Weston-Underwood] is a neat structure, built by Sir John Olney in the 14th century." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Onelay family
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Onelay Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Onelay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Onelay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas and Marie Olney, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1635; Thomas and Epenetus Olney settled in Rhode Island in 1720.