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 île. 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 Æl or Æthel.
Early Origins of the Eells family
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.
Early History of the Eells family
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Eells Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Eells family (pre 1700)
Wiltshire, an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Devizes in 1679; Sir Francis Eyles, 1st Baronet (died 1716), Governor of the Bank...
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Migration of the Eells family to Ireland
Some of the Eells family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Eells family to the New World and Oceana
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
Contemporary Notables of the name Eells (post 1700)
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