Edens History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Edens has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the region of Eden in Durham. The surname Edens 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.

Early Origins of the Edens family

The surname Edens was first found in Suffolk. Hellaby Hall in Stainton, in the West Riding of Yorkshire was an ancient mansion on the property of Sir R. J. Eden, but is now a farmhouse. [1]

Some of the family have recently branched to Windleston in Durham. "It comprises by computation 1250 acres, and has been long the property of the Eden family, of whom Sir Robert Johnson Eden, Bart., rebuilt Windleston Hall about twenty years since [(1860s.)] " [1]

West Auckland in Durham also had some early records of the family. "The place gives the title of Baron to the family of Eden, who formerly resided here: the estates now belong to Sir R. J. Eden, Bart." [1]

Early History of the Edens family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edens research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1521, 1576, 1521, 1535, 1544, 1544, 1546 and 1645 are included under the topic Early Edens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Edens Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Edens have been found, including Eden, Edin, Edden, Edens and others.

Early Notables of the Edens family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Richard Eden (1521?-1576), English translator, born in Herefordshire about 1521, and studied at Queens' College, Cambridge, 1535-1544, under Sir Thomas Smith; he held...
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Edens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Edens family to Ireland

Some of the Edens family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Edens migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Edens, or a variant listed above:

Edens Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jo Edens, aged 19, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [2]
Edens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • P Edens, aged 28, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1823 [2]
  • John Edens, who landed in Iowa in 1854 [2]
  • John Edens, who settled in Iowa in 1855

Contemporary Notables of the name Edens (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Patrick "Tom" Edens (b. 1961), former American Major League Baseball player
  • Roger Edens (1905-1970), American composer, arranger and associate producer
  • William C. Edens, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 8 aerial victories
  • Orville E. Edens, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Barbour County, 1966, 1968 [3]
  • J. Wesley Edens (d. 1970), American politician, Mayor of Corsicana, Texas, 1931-35 [3]
  • J. Drake Edens Jr., American Republican politician, South Carolina Republican State Chair, 1963-65 [3]


The Edens 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. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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