Soon after the Norman Conquest
in 1066, the name Eaglen was recognized on the island as a name for a person exhibiting characteristics associated with the eagle,
such as a lordly or impressive nature,
vision. The name may also be of toponymic origin and derive from either of two place-names Eagle,
, or L'Aigle, in Normandy
Early Origins of the Eaglen family
The surname Eaglen 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.
Early History of the Eaglen family
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Eaglen Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Eaglen family name include Eagle, Eagles, Hegel, Hegell, Aigle, Eagel, Ligle and others.
Early Notables of the Eaglen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Eaglen family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Eaglen family to immigrate North America: John Eagle who settled in Maryland in 1736; Edward Eagle, who settled in New England
in 1763; George Eagle, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Katherine Eagle, who settled in Virginia in 1663.
Contemporary Notables of the name Eaglen (post 1700)
- Jane Eaglen (b. 1960), English dramatic soprano