Onely History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Onely family

The surname Onely 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 [1] which meant "island, or dry ground in a marsh, of a man called Olla," derived from the Old English personal name + eg. [2]

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." [3]

Early History of the Onely family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Onely research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1272, 1800, 1877, 1600, 1682, 1635, 1647, 1726, 1698, 1703, 1704, 1697, 1747, 1729, 1747, 1747, 1785, 1771, 1814, 1803 and 1877 are included under the topic Early Onely History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Onely Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Olney, Onley, Oneley, Ongley and others.

Early Notables of the Onely family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Olney (ca. 1600-1682), English settler to America in 1635 aboard the ship planter, an early minister at the First Baptist Church in America and co-founder of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Sir Samuel Ongley (1647-1726), of Old Warden, Bedfordshire and Mincing Lane, London, was an English politician. Born in Maidstone, Kent, he became a London merchant. In 1698 he purchased the Old Warden Estate from Paulet St John, Earl of Bolingbroke. He was High Sheriff of Bedfordshire (1703-1704.) Samuel Ongley (1697-1747), of Old Warden, Bedfordshire, was...
Another 94 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Onely Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Onely migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Onely Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Clemt Onely, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [4]
Onely Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Onely, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [4]

Australia Onely migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Onely Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Onely, British Convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Caledonia" on 5th July 1820, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]


  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)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/caledonia


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