Show ContentsEaglesham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Eaglesham is a name that dates back to the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. It was given to someone who lived in the old Barony of Eaglesham in the county of Renfrew (now part of the Strathclyde region), Scotland. Here we find the following early entries: "Dominus Robertus de Heiglssam, chaplain, who witnessed a confirmation by Alexander filius Walteri of his father's gifts to the church of Paisley in 1239. Barthelmeu de Egglesham, chapeleyn, was warden of the New Place of Seneware (Sanquhar) in the county of Dunfres in 1296. William de Eglisham, rector of the church of Dunbarny in 1300, reappears as William de Egglisham, archdeacon of Lothian in 1316 and in 1323 as official of St. Andrews." [1]

Early Origins of the Eaglesham family

The surname Eaglesham was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland.

Early History of the Eaglesham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eaglesham research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1239, 1200, 1296, 1300, 1323, 1335, 1616, 1612, 1642 and 1616 are included under the topic Early Eaglesham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eaglesham Spelling Variations

Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Eaglesham has been spelled Eaglesham, Eagleson, Egglesham, Eglischane and others.

Early Notables of the Eaglesham family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was George Eglisham (fl. 1612-1642), a Scottish physician and poet who was introduced at the age of three to the favourable notice of James VI...
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United States Eaglesham migration to the United States +

Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Eaglesham or a variant listed above:

Eaglesham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William Eaglesham, aged 26, originally from Glasgow, Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Liverpool, England [2]
  • Malcolm Eaglesham, aged 26, originally from Govan, Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Glasgow, Scotland [2]
  • Richard Eaglesham, aged 28, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Cadillac" from Southampton, England [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Eaglesham (post 1700) +

  • Graeme Eaglesham (b. 1989), Scottish footballer
  • Hugh Elliott Eaglesham (1873-1938), Canadian physician and politician who represented Weyburn from 1934 to 1938 in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
  • Dale Eaglesham (b. 1962), Canadian Shuster Award winning comic book illustrator, known for his work on Conan, Punisher, Green Lantern, Villains United, Justice Society of America and Fantastic Four
  • Alex W Eaglesham, Canadian former politician, leader of the Libertarian Party of Canada in 1978 and 1979, and officially led the party in the 1979 federal election
  • Douglas Eaglesham Dunn (b. 1942), Scottish poet, academic and critic

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from on Facebook