The family name Eagly is thought to be of Norman origins. Originally, Eagly was a name given to 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 Eagly family
The surname Eagly 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 Eagly family
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Eagly Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Eagly have been found, including Eagle, Eagles, Hegel, Hegell, Aigle, Eagel, Ligle and others.
Early Notables of the Eagly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Eagly family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Eagly were among those contributors: 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.