Only History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Only family
The surname Only 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  which meant "island, or dry ground in a marsh, of a man called Olla," derived from the Old English personal name + eg. 
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." 
Early History of the Only family
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Only Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Olney, Onley, Oneley, Ongley and others.
Early Notables of the Only 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...
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Only Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Only Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Only Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century