Eggard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Eggard family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from the ancient personal name Eggar.

Early Origins of the Eggard family

The surname Eggard was first found in Lancashire in the north of England, where they held a family seat from ancient times, but from about the 13th century moved south to Foston in Derbyshire, and Sudbury, in the same county.

Important Dates for the Eggard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eggard research. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1516, 1613, 1701, 1540, 1615, 1540 and 1627 are included under the topic Early Eggard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eggard 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 Eggard include Agard, Aggard, Aegard, Agart, Aggart, Egard and many more.

Early Notables of the Eggard family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Mabel Agard of Foston; and Étienne Agard de Champs (Dechamps) (1613-1701), a French Jesuit theologian and author. Arthur Agard or Agarde (1540-1615), was a distinguished antiquary and deputy-chamberlain in the Exchequer, was descended from an ancient Derbyshire family. He...
Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eggard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Eggard family to Ireland

Some of the Eggard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Eggard family

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 Eggard were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Edward Agard was one of the earliest settlers in the New World, being recorded in Virginia in the year 1640; Adam Egart settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749.

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