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Where did the English Eddings family come from? What is the English Eddings family crest and coat of arms? When did the Eddings family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Eddings family history?

The name is derived from the Old English personal name Eadda, and means son of Eadda.


Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Eddings include Edding, Eddings, Edyngs, Edings and others.

First found in Cambridgeshire, where John Edyng was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eddings research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1641 is included under the topic Early Eddings History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Eddings Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Eddings or a variant listed above:

Eddings Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Wm Eddings, who landed in Virginia in 1719

Eddings Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles B. Eddings, aged 33, who landed in America from Paddington, England, in 1910
  • Charles Browett Eddings, aged 35, who settled in America from London, England, in 1913
  • Arthur Eddings, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Stilton, England, in 1913
  • Walter Eddings, aged 20, who landed in America from Stilton, England, in 1913
  • Wm. Eddings, aged 30, who emigrated to America, in 1918


  • Douglas Leon "Doug" Eddings (b. 1968), American Major League Baseball umpire, born in Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • David Carroll Eddings (1931-2009), American author of fantasy novels
  • John McNeil Eddings (1830-1896), Irish-born, Canadian military storekeeper at Fort Vancouver, and politician in the Washington Territory


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: Si sit prudentia
Motto Translation: If there be prudence.


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The Eddings Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eddings 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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