Ecclestume History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Ecclestume family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Ecclestume comes from when the family lived in a region named Eccleston in Lancashire and Chester. The surname Ecclestume 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.

Early Origins of the Ecclestume family

The surname Ecclestume was first found in Lancashire at Eccleston, a village and civil parish of the Borough of Chorley. This place gave name to a family as early as the reign of Richard I. Alan de Eccleston was listed as a tenant of Edward III and his pedigree ascends to the time of Henry III. This township is probably the Eglestun of Domesday Book of 1086. [1] Another early record of the surname was Thomas of Eccleston, a thirteenth century English Franciscan chronicler, best known for his "De Adventu Fratrum Minorum in Angliam." It tells the story of when Franciscan friars first came to England in 1224 to about 1258. He was known as "Brother Thomas" and was later given the title "of Eccleston."

Important Dates for the Ecclestume family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ecclestume research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1094, 1659, 1743, 1610 and 1623 are included under the topic Early Ecclestume History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ecclestume Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Ecclestume has appeared include Eccleston, Ecclestone, Eccleton and others.

Early Notables of the Ecclestume family (pre 1700)

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ecclestume Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Ecclestume family to Ireland

Some of the Ecclestume family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Ecclestume family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Ecclestume arrived in North America very early: Elizabeth Eccleston who settled in New England in 1706; E. Eccleston arrived in New York in 1823; James and Henry Eccleston arrived in Philadelphia in 1860..

Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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