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Eddy is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from the son of Ede, as Edison, which was later shortened to Eadie. The surname Eddy originally derived from the Old English word Eade which referred to abundant riches.However, another reference claims that the name was derived from the Middle English name Edwy and the Old English word Eadwig which are composed of the elements ead meaning prosperity and wig which meant war.

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Eddy has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Eadie, Eades, Edey, Eadey, Eddy, Edeson, Edison and others.

First found in many counties throughout England. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 reveled the list the first records of the name: Edde (no personal name listed) in Norfolk; Edde filius Hugh in Huntingdonshire; William filius Ede in Suffolk; Robert filius Ede in Huntingdonshire; and William Ede in Norfolk.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eddy research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1379 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Eddy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Eddy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Eddys to arrive on North American shores:

Eddy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Eddy who settled in Watertown, Massachusetts, in the year 1630
  • John and Samuel Eddy, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1630 aboard the ship "Handmaid"
  • Benjamin Eddy, who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1639

Eddy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • James Eddy, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Patrick Eddy, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
  • William Eddy, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
  • Captain Eddy settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1764
  • Mary Eddy had made Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina her home in 1766


Eddy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Eddy, his wife Margeret with child, settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1823
  • A J Eddy, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1849
  • Alfred L Eddy, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1849
  • John H Eddy, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1849
  • John Eddy, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850


Eddy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Peter Eddy arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Sovereign" in 1847
  • Mary Eddy arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Santipore" in 1848
  • Richard Eddy arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Santipore" in 1848
  • Henry E. Eddy arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1849
  • Louisa Eddy arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" in 1849


Eddy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Mary A. Eddy arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
  • James Henry Eddy, aged 26, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
  • Rebecca Eddy, aged 18, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
  • Celia Eddy, aged 21, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
  • Eliga Eddy, aged 23, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879


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  • Lieutenant-General Manton Sprague Eddy (1892-1962), American Commanding General 7th Army (1950-1953)
  • Mary Baker Eddy, American editor and author
  • Henry Turner Eddy (1844-1921), American civil engineer and mathematician
  • Edward Danforth Eddy Jr. (1921-1998), American educator, president and provost of several different Universities and Colleges
  • Mary Morse Eddy (1821-1910), American founder of the Christian Science Church
  • Mr. Edwin Ross Eddy (1921-1941), Australian Sub-Lieutenant from Echuca, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Professor Alfred Alan Eddy, Biochemistry, University of Manchester


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  • The Eddy Family in America, a Genealogy by Ruth Story Devereux Eddy.
  • The Promised Land: The James Eaddy (also Eddy) Family in South Carolina by Elaine Y. Eaddy.
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  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Eddy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eddy 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 6 March 2016 at 17:08.

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