Ealand History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

There are several possible origins for the distinguished surname Ealand. Firstly, it is derived from the Old English "ealand," meaning "low-lying land" or "island." Alternatively, it may be derived from several place names in Northern England, such as Ealand in Lincolnshire, Little Eland in Northumberland, or Elland in Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Ealand family

The surname Ealand was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire, where the surname is descended from Ilbert de Lacy, who was the tenant of the lands of Elland according to the Domesday Book of 1086. Some of the family were found at Whitworth in Lancashire in early times. "The manor [of Whitworth] was granted by 'divers donators' to the convent of Stanlow in Cheshire, in the reign of John; among these donors was Sir John de Elland, parcener of the lordship of Rochdale, who gave one moiety of the manor." [1]

Early History of the Ealand family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ealand research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1484, 1542 and 1510 are included under the topic Early Ealand History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ealand Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Eland, Elland, Elan, Elande, Eyland, Eyeland, Egland, Eylan and many more.

Early Notables of the Ealand family (pre 1700)

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ealand Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Ealand family

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ealand or a variant listed above: Adam Eland, who settled in Virginia in 1690; Robert Eglan, who emigrated from Kent to Maryland in 1737; James Egland, who arrived in New York in 1823.



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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