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Eagle is one of the most ancient names to come from the Norman culture that arrived in Britain soon after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a person who was a person exhibiting characteristics associated with the eagle, such as a lordly or impressive nature, or sharp-eyed vision. The name may also be of toponymic origin and derive from either of two place-names Eagle, in Lincolnshire, or L'Aigle, in Normandy.

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The surname Eagle was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Eagle are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Eagle include Eagle, Eagles, Hegel, Hegell, Aigle, Eagel, Ligle and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eagle research. Another 218 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1129 and 1230 are included under the topic Early Eagle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Eagle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Eagle, or a variant listed above:

Eagle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Eagle, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Geo Eagle, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Katherine Eagle, who settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Walter Eagle, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • William Eagle, who arrived in Maryland in 1663

Eagle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Eagle who settled in Maryland in 1736
  • Marcus Eagle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • Edward Eagle, who settled in New England in 1763
  • Henry Eagle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765

Eagle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Eagle, aged 9, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Ann Eagle, aged 10, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Eliza Eagle, who landed in New York in 1825
  • E Eagle, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Mrs. Eagle, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Eagle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Eagle, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Eagle, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ms. Ann Eagle U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 329 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Eagle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Reuben John Eagle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
  • Eliza Eagle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
  • Charlotte Eagle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
  • Richard Eagle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
  • mary Ann Eagle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
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  • James Philip Eagle (1837-1904), American politician, 16th Governor of Arkansas
  • Sherman H. Eagle, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1912, 1928, 1936
  • Mary Eagle, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1996
  • Joe Henry Eagle (1870-1963), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Texas 8th District, 1913-21, 1933-37
  • James S. Eagle, American Republican politician, Chair of Randolph County Republican Party, 1905
  • James Philip Eagle (1837-1904), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Arkansas State Constitutional Convention, 1874; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1884; Governor of Arkansas, 1889-93
  • Harold B. Eagle, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Summers County, 1948; Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 10th District, 1950; Mayor of Hinton, West Virginia, 1965
  • Frank Eagle, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Alaska State Senate District P, 1994
  • E. C. Eagle, American Republican politician, Chair of Summers County Republican Party, 1917
  • C. David Eagle, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 92nd District, 1992
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Eagle Historic Events



RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Alfred James Eagle (d. 1912), aged 22, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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