The Egeland surname is thought to come from the Norman female personal name
, Agilina, originally of Germanic origin.
Early Origins of the Egeland family
The surname Egeland was first found in Bedfordshire
(Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England
, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon
kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Egeland family
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Egeland Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Egeland include Eglin, Eglon, Egling, Eggling, Egland, Eglen, Eagland, Eaglin, Eaglon, Hegland, Heglin, Heglen, Hegling, Egolyn and many more.
Early Notables of the Egeland family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Egeland family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Egeland were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Robert Eglan, who settled in Maryland in 1737; and James Egland, who arrived in New York, NY in 1823.
Contemporary Notables of the name Egeland (post 1700)
- John Olav Egeland (b. 1951), Norwegian journalist and editor
- Erik Egeland (1921-1996), Norwegian journalist and art critic
- Allan Egeland (b. 1973), Canadian former professional NHL ice hockey centre
- Tom Egeland (b. 1959), Norwegian author
- Jan Egeland (b. 1957), Norwegian Deputy Director of Human Rights Watch and the Director of Human Rights Watch Europe