The name Eavelen was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Eavelen family lived in Surrey
. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, Ivelyn,
in Calvados, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Eavelen family
The surname Eavelen was first found in Surrey
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 Eavelen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eavelen research.Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1579, 1620, 1706, 1631, 1706, 1591, 1664, 1628, 1660, 1601, 1685, 1626, 1640, 1648, 1660, 1660, 1620, 1706, 1818, 1655, 1699, 1633, 1671, 1664, 1666, 1677, 1702 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Eavelen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Eavelen Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Evelyn, Ivelyn, Aveling and others.
Early Notables of the Eavelen family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Evelyn (1591-1664), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1628 and 1660, reluctant supporter of the Parliamentary side in the English Civil War; Sir John Evelyn (1601-1685), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Wilton (1626), Ludgershall... Another 90 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eavelen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Eavelen family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Eavelen or a variant listed above: Mary Evelin who settled in Virginia in 1648; Thomas Evelin settled in Barbados in 1671; Francis Evelyn settled in Philadelphia in 1874.
The Eavelen 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 Translation: Hardness.