Eddings History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Eddings family

The surname Eddings was first found in Cambridgeshire, where John Edyng was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. [1]

Early History of the Eddings family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eddings research. Another 32 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 164 and 1641 are included under the topic Early Eddings History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eddings Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Eddings family (pre 1700)

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United States Eddings migration to the United States +

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
  • William Eddings, who landed in Virginia in 1719 [2]
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 immigrated 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 immigrated to America, in 1918
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Eddings (post 1700) +

  • David Carroll Eddings (1931-2009), American author of fantasy novels from Spokane, Washington; growing up in Seattle, he described a good day "when it isn’t raining up" and so accordingly, rain was consistent feature in many of his novels, known for The Belgariad, The Malloreon, The Elenium, The Tamuli, and The Dreamers
  • Leigh Eddings (1937-2007), née Judith Leigh Schall, American co-author of many of her husband David Eddings works from Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
  • Douglas Leon "Doug" Eddings (b. 1968), American Major League Baseball umpire, born in Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • John McNeil Eddings (1830-1896), Irish-born, Canadian military storekeeper at Fort Vancouver, and politician in the Washington Territory

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

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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