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Where did the English Ecclestone family come from? What is the English Ecclestone family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ecclestone family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ecclestone family history?The lineage of the name Ecclestone begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in a region named Eccleston in Lancashire and Chester. The surname Ecclestone is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Ecclestone has undergone many spelling variations, including Eccleston, Ecclestone, Eccleton and others.
First found in Lancashire where one of the first records of the name was Thomas of Eccleston, a thirteenth century English Franciscan chronicler, best known for his "De Adventu Fratrum Minorum in Angliam." It tells the story of when Franciscan friars first came to England in 1224 to about 1258. He was known as "Brother Thomas" and was later given the title "of Eccleston".
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ecclestone research. Another 111 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1659 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Ecclestone History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Ecclestone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Ecclestone family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ecclestone were among those contributors: Elizabeth Eccleston who settled in New England in 1706; E. Eccleston arrived in New York in 1823; James and Henry Eccleston arrived in Philadelphia in 1860..
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Spero meliora
Motto Translation: I hope for better things.
The Ecclestone Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ecclestone Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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