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

The present generation of the Eddins family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the region of Eden in Durham. The surname Eddins 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.


Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Eddins include Eden, Edin, Edden, Edens and others.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eddins research. Another 277 words(20 lines of text) covering the year 1270 is included under the topic Early Eddins History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Eddins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Eddins were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Eddins Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Richard Eddins, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Marion R. Eddins, aged 62, who emigrated to New York, in 1912
  • William T. Eddins, aged 42, who landed in America from Newport, Kent., in 1913
  • Add Eddins, aged 29, who settled in Pecos, Texas, in 1924


  • William Eddins (b. 1964), American pianist and conductor, Music Director of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, recipient of the Seaver Conducting Award (2000)
  • Rick L. Eddins, American politician, former Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly
  • Robert Eddins (b. 1988), American AFL football linebacker


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