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Eells is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Eells family once lived on an island. The surname Eells is derived from the Old French word isle, which means island and has become the modern French word Óle. The surname Eells belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees. However, the name Eells may also be a patronymic surname derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal names ∆l or ∆thel.

Eells Early Origins



The surname Eells was first found in Somerset 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.

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Eells Spelling Variations


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Eells Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Eells family name include Eyles, Eeles, Eels, Eylers and others.

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Eells Early History


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Eells Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eells research. Another 439 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1338, 1688, 1716, 1703, 1679, 1716, 1679, 1735, 1715 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Eells History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Eells Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Eells Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Eyles, Lord Mayor of London; John Eyles (died 1703), of Great St. Helens, London and Southbroom, near Devizes, Wiltshire, an English politician, Member of the Parliament...

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eells Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Eells surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Eells Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Eells, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1629

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Contemporary Notables of the name Eells (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Eells (post 1700)



  • Stillman Witt Eells (1873-1937), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Hamilton, 1917-18; U.S. Consul in Mombasa, 1918; Nairobi, 1918-21; Funchal, 1922-25; Leeds, 1925-27; Colombo, 1929; Cardiff, 1932
  • Samuel Eells, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Delaware County, 1842
  • Cushing Eells, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Norwich, 1826

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. 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).
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    11. ...

    The Eells Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eells 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 14 January 2016 at 09:21.

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