name Eal comes from when the family resided on an island. The surname Eal is derived from the Old French word isle,
which means island
and has become the modern French word île.
The surname Eal belongs to the class of topographic
surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees. However, the name Eal may also be a patronymic
surname derived from the Anglo-Saxon
personal names Æl
Early Origins of the Eal family
The surname Eal was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Eal family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eal research.Another 220 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1338, 1688, 1716, 1703, 1679, 1716, 1683, 1745, 1713, 1727, 1727, 1734, 1679, 1735, 1715 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Eal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Eal Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Eal has been recorded under many different variations, including Eyles, Eeles, Eels, Eylers and others.
Early Notables of the Eal family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Eyles, Lord Mayor of London; John Eyles (died 1703), of Great St. Helens, London and Southbroom, near Devizes, Wiltshire
, an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Devizes in 1679; Sir Francis Eyles, 1st Baronet
(died 1716), Governor of the Bank... Another 104 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Eal family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Eal or a variant listed above: John Eels who purchased land in New England
in 1620. William Eels landed in Virginia in 1739. George Eyles made his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1754. Other Eyles family members settled in Pennsylvania in later years..