Egerton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The present generation of the Egerton family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Egerton, in the county of Cheshire. It is now called Egerton Green. The place-name is derived from the Old English personal name Ecghere and tun, a word which meant enclosure, farm, or settlement, and later came to mean fort, and then town. The name would translate as farm belonging to Ecghere.
Early Origins of the Egerton family
The surname Egerton was first found in Cheshire at Egerton Green which dates back to 1259 when it was listed as Eggerton. The place name literally meant "farmstead of a man called Ecghere," from the Old English personal name + "tun."  The suffix "green" was added in the 18th century.
There is another local named Egerton or Egerton (St James) in Kent, a parish, in the union of West Ashford, hundred of Calehill. In this latter case, this place dates back to c.1100 when it was listed as Eardingtun and later as Egarditon in 1203. 
Some of the family were found in ancient times at Tatton, a township, in the parish of Rosthern, union of Altrincham, hundred of Bucklow. "The seat of the Egertons of Tatton is here. Tatton Park is one of the largest parks in England, and contains from six to seven hundred head of deer. The Egerton family are owners of the entire township." 
"By the sea side [in Wallasey, Cheshire] is an ancient mansion denominated Mockbeggar Hall, or more properly, Leasowe Castle, formerly a seat of the Egertons." 
"Worsley Hall [in Worsley, Yorkshire], the seat of the Earl of Ellesmere, is a stately modern structure with an elegant portico, erected on an elevated site which overlooks the park-like grounds, and commands a view into seven counties. The old Hall, seated at the northern extremity of the gardens of the present mansion, was successively the residence of the Worsleys, Masseys, Stanleys, Breretons, and Egertons." 
Early History of the Egerton family
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Egerton 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 Egerton include Egerton, Edgeton, Edgerton and others.
Early Notables of the Egerton family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Stephen Egerton (c. 1555-1621), an English priest, born in London, he was a leading Puritan preacher of his time; John Egerton, 1st Earl of Bridgewater KB, PC (1579-1649), an English peer and politician; John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgewater PC (1623-1686), an English nobleman, Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire (1660-1686), Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire and Lancashire (1673-1676); Elizabeth Egerton (née Cavendish), Countess of...
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Egerton migration to the United States +
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 Egerton were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Egerton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Egerton, aged 20, who arrived in St Christopher in 1635 
- Mr. Egerton, who arrived in Maryland in 1638 
- Eleanor Egerton who settled in Barbados in 1691
- John Egerton, who arrived in Virginia in 1699 
Egerton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Egerton, who settled in Virginia in 1726
Egerton migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Egerton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mr. Richard Egerton, aged 40 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Champion" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 
- Mr. Jacob Egerton, aged 1 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Juliet" departing 3rd July 1847 from London, England; the ship arrived on 28th August 1847 but he died on board 
- Mr. John Egerton, aged 4 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Champion" departing 13th July 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 28th August 1847 but he died on board 
- Miss. Mary Egerton, aged 3 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Champion" departing 13th July 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 28th August 1847 but she died on board 
Egerton migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Egerton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. James Egerton, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 5th June 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 
Egerton 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:
Egerton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. George Egerton, (b. 1852), aged 23, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Earl of Zetland" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 3rd June 1875 
Contemporary Notables of the name Egerton (post 1700) +
- Stephen Egerton (b. 1964), born Stephen Patrick O'Reilly, an American guitarist, producer, mixer, and engineer, best known for his work with Descendents and All
- David William Egerton (1961-2021), English rugby union international who represented England from 1988 to 1990
- Charles Chandler Egerton (1798-1885), English surgeon, born at his father's vicarage of Thorncombe in Dorsetshire in April 1798
- Sir Philip Grey Egerton (1920-2008), 15th Baronet, of Egerton and Oulton, British Army officer and English peer
- Sir Philip Grey Egerton (d. 1962), 14th Baronet, British Army officer and English peer
- Philip Reginald Egerton (1832-1911), English Church of England priest and schoolmaster, who re-founded Bloxham School in Oxfordshire in 1860
- Sir Philip de Malpas Grey Egerton FRS (b. 1806), 10th Baronet, an English palaeontologist and Conservative politician
- Ernest Albert Egerton (1897-1966), English soldier, Victoria Cross recipient
- Taron David Egerton (b. 1989), British actor, best known for his starring role in the comedy film Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
- Sir Stephen Loftus Egerton KCMG (1932-2006), British diplomat, British Ambassador to Iraq (1980–1982), British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (1986–1989), British Ambassador to Italy (1989–1992)
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The Egerton Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtute non armis fido
Motto Translation: I trust in virtue not arms
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- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html