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Where did the English Eagle family come from? What is the English Eagle family crest and coat of arms? When did the Eagle family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Eagle family history?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.
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.
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.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early Eagle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
Eagle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Eagle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Eagle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Eagle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Eagle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eagle 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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