Edmunds History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Edmunds is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from the given name Edmond.

Early Origins of the Edmunds family

The surname Edmunds was first found in Oxfordshire, where the first on record of the family was Edmund of Woodstock, Earl of Kent (1301-1330), youngest son of Edward I, by his second wife, Margaret of France. Born at Woodstock, he received from his father a revenue of seven thousand marks a year. It is thought that Edward I was to confer the rich earldom of Cornwall either on Edmund or on his elder brother Thomas of Brotherton; but the accession of Edward II negated that possibility. Edward II made Edmund Lord of the Castle and Honour of Knaresborough in 1319 and the next year granted him lands of the value of two thousand marks a year. [1]

Important Dates for the Edmunds family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edmunds research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 154 and 1544 are included under the topic Early Edmunds History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Edmunds Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Edmunds has been spelled many different ways, including Edmond, Edmonde, Edmon, Edmonds, Edmun, Edmund, Edmunds and many more.

Early Notables of the Edmunds family (pre 1700)

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Edmunds migration to the United States

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Edmundss to arrive in North America:

Edmunds Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Edmunds was in Virginia in 1619
  • Robert Edmunds, who arrived in Virginia in 1619 [2]
  • John Edmunds, who landed in Massachusetts in 1631 [2]
  • William Edmunds, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1635 [2]
  • Walter Edmunds, who arrived in New England in 1639 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Edmunds Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Edmunds, who landed in Maryland in 1740 [2]
  • Joshua Edmunds, who landed in New Hampshire in 1745 [2]
  • Samuel Edmunds, who landed in New Hampshire in 1745 [2]
Edmunds Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas D Edmunds, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [2]
  • David Edmunds, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [2]

Edmunds migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Edmunds Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Edmunds, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
Edmunds Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Eliphalet Edmunds, who landed in Canada in 1834

Edmunds migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Edmunds Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Edmunds (b. 1801), aged 33, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 27th March 1834, sentenced for 14 years for stealing a silver watch from Thomas Goyne, transported aboard the ship "Augusta Jessie" on 27th September 1834 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [3]
  • Arthur Joseph Edmunds, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [4]
  • Joseph Edmunds, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [4]
  • Jane Edmunds, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [4]
  • Laura Catherine Edmunds, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Edmunds migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Edmunds Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Samuel John Edmunds, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr. Williams Edmunds, (b. 1830), aged 28, English shoemaker from Kent travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st September 1858 [5]
  • Mrs. Maria Edmunds, (b. 1836), aged 22, English settler from Kent travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st September 1858 [5]
  • Mr. Isaac Edmunds, (b. 1844), aged 15, English farm labourer from Oxfordshire with Buckingham family travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Victory " arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th May 1859 [5]
  • Mr. Henry Charles Edmunds, (b. 1840), aged 34, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "May Queen" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 13th November 1874, he died on board [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Edmunds (post 1700)

  • Newton Edmunds (1819-1908), second Governor of Dakota Territory, serving during the American Civil War
  • Margo Edmunds, American health policy researcher, strategy consultant, educator, and writer
  • James M. Edmunds (1810-1879), American politician from the U.S. state of Michigan
  • Don Edmunds (b. 1930), American racecar driver and car builder
  • Robert Holt Edmunds Jr. (b. 1949), American judge
  • George Franklin Edmunds (1828-1919), American senator
  • Felix E. Edmunds, American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State House of Delegates, 1950 [7]
  • Enoch Edmunds, American politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Cape May County, 1850-52 [7]
  • E. B. Edmunds, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1908 [7]
  • Downs Edmunds, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Cape May County, 1856-58; Member of New Jersey State Senate from Cape May County, 1859-61 [7]
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Edmunds family

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Vaughan Edmunds (d. 1945), British Ordinary Seaman aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [8]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. William Henry Edmunds, British Sergeant, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Stronghold was lost in action [9]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Robert Edmunds, British Engine Room Artificer 4th Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [10]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Bruce Roosevelt Edmunds, American Yeoman Second Class from New Hampshire, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [11]

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Citations

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. 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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SURRY/SURREY 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Surry-Surrey.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  9. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  10. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  11. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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