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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Eaton surname lived on a farm by a river or a farm on an island. The surname Eaton originally derived from the Old English word Eatun which referred to farm on a river or island. The surname Eaton is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

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The surname Eaton was first found in Cheshire 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.

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Eaton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Eaton include: Eaton, Eton, Eaten and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eaton research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1596, 1665, 1590, 1658, 1610, 1674, 1634, 1596, 1633 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Eaton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 211 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eaton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Eaton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Eaton or a variant listed above:

Eaton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Francis Eaton, his wife Sarah, and son Samuel, arrived on the "Mayflower" and settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
  • John Eaton, aged 20, arrived in Barbados in 1634
  • Mabell Eaton, aged 27, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Marie Eaton, aged 4, landed in New England in 1635
  • Nathaniell Eaton, who arrived in Virginia in 1635


Eaton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Alice Eaton, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • George Eaton, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1713
  • Gwenllian Eaton, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1713
  • Jane Eaton, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1713
  • Mary Eaton, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1713


Eaton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Nicholas Eaton, aged 28, landed in New York in 1801
  • Daniel T Eaton, who arrived in America in 1801-1802
  • Thomas Eaton, who arrived in America in 1803
  • James B Eaton, who arrived in America in 1803
  • Jas Eaton, aged 28, arrived in New York, NY in 1804


Eaton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Wm H Eaton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Benjamin Eaton, who landed in Anapolis (Annapolis), Nova Scotia in 1760

Eaton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Isaac Eaton, who arrived in Canada in 1831

Eaton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Eaton, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • James Eaton, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Joseph Eaton, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • James Eaton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1849
  • John Eaton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851


Eaton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Daniel William Eaton, aged 17, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • John W. Eaton, aged 16, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Arthur Eaton, aged 15, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Richard A. Eaton, aged 53, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Edward Eaton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840


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  • Henry Smith Van Eaton (1826-1898), American Democrat politician, Member of Mississippi State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Mississippi 6th District, 1883-87
  • Mindy Van Eaton, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 2008
  • C. S. Van Eaton, American Republican politician, Member of Iowa State Senate 32nd District; Elected 1948
  • John Charles Eaton (1935-2015), American composer, recipient of the Prix de Rome and was a Guggenheim Fellow
  • Joseph W. Eaton (1919-2012), born Josef Wechsler, German-born, American sociologist and anthropologist
  • Brigadier-General William Herbert Eaton (1906-1945), American Assistant Chief of Staff for Supply Army Air Force (1945)
  • Brigadier-General Ralph Parker Eaton (1898-1986), American Staff Secretary, Caribbean Command (1948-)
  • Aileen Eaton (1909-1987), Canadian born American boxing promoter
  • Bobby Eaton (b. 1958), American professional wrestler
  • General John Eaton (1829-1906), American Civil war general

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  • The Kiehl/Manwarren Genealogy Margery Kiehl Hughes.
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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: Vincit omnia veritas
Motto Translation: Truth conquers all things.

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The Eaton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eaton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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