Eagleson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Eagleson was first used in the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It indicates that the first bearer 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 Eagleson family

The surname Eagleson 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 Eagleson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eagleson 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 Eagleson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eagleson Spelling Variations

Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Eagleson has been spelled Eaglesham, Eagleson, Egglesham, Eglischane and others.

Early Notables of the Eagleson 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...
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eagleson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Eagleson 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 Eagleson or a variant listed above:

Eagleson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Eagleson, who landed in Boston Massachusetts in 1768
  • Andrew Eagleson, who landed in New York in 1798 [2]
Eagleson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J R Eagleson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860 [2]
  • Thomas C Eagleson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1875 [2]

Canada Eagleson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Eagleson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Eagleson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1768

Contemporary Notables of the name Eagleson (post 1700) +

  • Oran Wendle Eagleson (1910-1997), American Callaway Professor of Psychology at Spelman College, Atlanta, the eighth black person in the United States to receive a doctorate in psychology
  • Vashon Eagleson, American football coach who served as the second head football coach at the North Carolina College for Negroes (1923–1926)
  • Freeman T. Eagleson (1876-1967), American politician in Ohio, Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives 1907–1908
  • Peter S. Eagleson, American hydrologist, author of Dynamic Hydrology and Ecohydrology: Darwinian Expression of Vegetation Form and Function
  • Frances Marshall Eagleson (1898-1987), American educator, the first black woman to graduate from Indiana University in 1919
  • David Newton Eagleson (1924-2003), American jurist, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California from 1987 to 1991
  • John W. Eagleson, American Republican politician, Idaho State Treasurer, 1915-21 [3]
  • Ernest George Eagleson (b. 1864), American politician, Mayor of Boise, Idaho, 1919-21, 1925-27 [3]
  • Mark Robert Eagleson (1861-1917), Canadian politician who served in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1907 to 1909
  • Robert Alan Eagleson (b. 1933), disbarred Canadian lawyer, politician, hockey agent and promoter who represented superstars Bobby Orr and Darryl Sittler and others, the first executive director of the NHL Players Association; he was convicted of fraud and embezzlement and briefly imprisoned


  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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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