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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Eels is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived on an island. The surname Eels is derived from the Old French word isle, which means island and has become the modern French word Óle. The surname Eels 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 Eels may also be a patronymic surname derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal names ∆l or ∆thel.

Eels Early Origins



The surname Eels 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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Eels Spelling Variations


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Eels 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. Eels has been spelled many different ways, including Eyles, Eeles, Eels, Eylers and others.

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Eels Early History


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Eels Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eels 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 Eels History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Eels Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Eels 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 Eels Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Eelss to arrive in North America:

Eels Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Eels who purchased land in New England in 1620
  • John Eels, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1629

Eels Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Eels landed in Virginia in 1739

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Contemporary Notables of the name Eels (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Eels (post 1700)



  • Richard Eels, American politician, Candidate for Governor of Illinois, 1846
  • D. T. Eels, American politician, Mayor of Cedar Falls, Iowa, 1950-51

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Eels Historic Events


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Eels Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William S Eels, British Leading Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Eels Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    2. 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.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. 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).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    11. ...

    The Eels Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eels 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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