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Ortay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Ortay came from the ancient personal name Auty.

Early Origins of the Ortay family


The surname Ortay was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.

Early History of the Ortay family


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Ortay Spelling Variations


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ortay family name include Auty, Autie, Autee, Awty, Awtee, Awtie and others.

Early Notables of the Ortay family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Ortay family to the New World and Oceana


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Ortay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Henry Auty, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1871; and Alfred Auty to Philadelphia in 1878.

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