Show ContentsEades History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the name Eades date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from the son of Ede, as Edison, which was later shortened to Eadie. The surname Eades 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. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Eades family

The surname Eades was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where the name is found as a surname only: Eddiva, Aediva pulchra. [3] Later Stephen Edy was recorded in the Gloucestershire in 1278. [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 reveled more early spelling 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. [5]

"Eade is an ancient Suffolk name. In the form of Ede it occurred in this county, as well as in Norfolk, in the reign of Edward I., and in this form it was, at the same time, numerous in the neighbouring county of Huntingdonshire. Under "Sussex" reference will be found to this name in that county. Eades is a name now found in Bedfordshire, whilst Ede is found in Cornwall. The ancient name of Eade has long been in Sussex. In 1203 John Eade bought half a messuage for twenty shillings in the parish of Steyning." [6]

Early History of the Eades family

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Eades Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Eades include Eadie, Eades, Edey, Eadey, Eddy, Edeson, Edison and others.

Early Notables of the Eades family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Richard Eedes or Edes (1555-1604), Dean of Worcester, born probably in Bedfordshire in 1555 of an old family which had been long seated at Sewell in...
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Eades Ranking

In the United States, the name Eades is the 5,372nd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [7]

Ireland Migration of the Eades family to Ireland

Some of the Eades family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Eades migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Eades or a variant listed above:

Eades Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Susana Eades, who arrived in Maryland in 1680 [8]
  • Henry Eades, who settled in Virginia in 1684
  • Thomas Eades and his sister Elizabeth settled in Maryland in 1685
Eades Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Eades, who landed in Virginia in 1715 [8]
  • Roger Eades, who settled in Rappahannock Virginia in 1728
Eades Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Stephen Eades, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1849 [8]

Canada Eades migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Eades Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ann Eades, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Sarah Eades, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Eades, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Eades, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Australia Eades migration to Australia +

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

Eades Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Eades who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Camden" on 21st March 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Henry Eades, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • G. Eades, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 [11]

New Zealand Eades migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Eades Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Eades, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • William Eades, aged 33, a brickmaker, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Frances Eades, aged 32, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • James Eades, aged 8, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Matilda Eades, aged 7, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
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West Indies Eades migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [12]
Eades Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • John Eades, who settled in Barbados in 1669

Contemporary Notables of the name Eades (post 1700) +

  • Jerry L. Eades, American Republican politician, Chair of Cortland County Republican Party, 1910 [13]
  • James R. Eades, American politician, Representative from Michigan 15th District, 1974 [13]
  • James A. Eades, American politician, Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention from Edgar County, 1862 [13]
  • Donald J. Eades, American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Geneva, New York, 1966 [13]
  • Carl G. Eades, American Republican politician, Chair of Monroe County Republican Party, 1940-42 [13]
  • Terry Gerald Eades (1944-2021), Northern Irish former professional footballer who played in Football League for Cambridge United and Watford

HMS Dorsetshire
  • William Walter Eades (d. 1945), British Chief Petty Officer Cook (O) aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [14]

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  10. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from
  11. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from
  13. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from
  14. Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), on Facebook