The name Earnside comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name for a person who because of his physical characteristics and strength was referred to as iron-side
. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Earnside family
The surname Earnside was first found in Durham
where the best-known bearer of this nickname
was Edmund II (died 1016), better known as Edmund Ironside, King of England
from 23 April to 30 November 1016. He was not expected to be king, but his two older brothers had died, making him the oldest male heir. He earned his nickname "Ironside" because of his valour in resisting the Danish invasion led by Cnut the Great. Björn Ironside was a legendary king of Sweden who lived sometime in the 9th century.
Early History of the Earnside family
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Earnside Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Earnside has undergone many spelling variations
, including Ironside, Earnside and others.
Early Notables of the Earnside family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Earnside family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. 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 Earnside were among those contributors:
Earnside Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Patrick Earnside, who settled in Delaware Bay in 1783
The Earnside Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: In hoc signo vinces
Motto Translation: Under this sign thou shall conquer.