The Ead family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from the son of Ede,
which was later shortened to Eadie.
The surname Ead originally derived from the Old English word Eade
which referred to abundant riches.
However, another reference claims that the name was derived from the Middle English name Edwy
and the Old English word Eadwig
which are composed of the elements ead
meaning prosperity and wig
which meant war.
Early Origins of the Ead family
The surname Ead was first found in many counties throughout England
. The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 reveled the list the first records of the name: Edde (no personal name
listed) in Norfolk; Edde filius
Hugh in Huntingdonshire; William filius Ede in Suffolk; Robert filius Ede in Huntingdonshire; and William Ede in Norfolk
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Ead family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ead research.Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1379 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Ead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ead Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Ead include Eadie, Eades, Edey, Eadey, Eddy, Edeson, Edison and others.
Early Notables of the Ead family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Ead family to Ireland
Some of the Ead family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 61 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ead family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Ead were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Eddy who settled in Watertown, Massachusetts, in the year 1630. Samuel Eddy landed in Plymouth in the same year. In 1766; Mary Eddy had made Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina her home.