The Ebdon surname is thought to be derived from one of several place names in West Yorkshire
. The place names come from the Old English "heope," or "(rose) hip," and "denu," which meant "valley."
Early Origins of the Ebdon family
The surname Ebdon was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from early times. In 1120 the manor of Hebden was granted by Roger de Mowbray to Uctred de Hebden, who was a descendant of Uctred, Earl of Northumberland.
Early History of the Ebdon family
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Ebdon Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Ebdon 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Ebdon include: Hebden, Hebdon, Heberden, Hepden, Habton, Habdon, Hibdon, Hibden, Ebdon and many more.
Early Notables of the Ebdon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ebdon family to the New World and Oceana
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 Ebdon or a variant listed above:
Ebdon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Ebdon, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1716
Ebdon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George Ebdon, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Simon Ebdon, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- William Ebdon, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Tyne
Contemporary Notables of the name Ebdon (post 1700)
- Richard George Ebdon (1913-1987), English professional football inside-forward
- John Francis Ebdon (1876-1952), English cricketer
- Edward William Ebdon (1870-1950), English cricketer
- Peter "Ebbo" Ebdon (b. 1970), is an English professional snooker player
- Thomas Ebdon (1738-1811), British composer and organist born in Durham
- John Ebdon, British author, broadcaster, Graecophile and director of the London Planetarium
- Thomas Ebdon (1738-1811), British composer and organist
- Marcus Ebdon (b. 1970), professional Welsh footballer
The Ebdon 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: Re e merito
Motto Translation: This through merit.