Continuing Research

Notables Added the last 12 months
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from archives copyright 2000 - 2016

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


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

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.


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 and printed products wherever possible.


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


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

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.


Most Popular Family Crest Products
Eddings Armorial History With Coat of ArmsEddings Armorial History With Coat of Arms
Eddings Coat of Arms & Surname History PackageEddings Coat of Arms & Surname History Package
Eddings Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage SeriesEddings Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage Series
Eddings Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chainEddings Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chain
Eddings Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee MugEddings Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee Mug
Eddings Armorial History with FrameEddings Armorial History with Frame
Eddings Framed Surname History and Coat of ArmsEddings Framed Surname History and Coat of Arms




    Other References

    1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    11. ...

    The Eddings Family Crest was acquired from the 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.

    This page was last modified on 5 May 2014 at 09:10.

    Sign Up


    FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more