The distinguished and ancient surname German surname Eggen is patronymic
in origin, deriving from the name of the father of the original bearer. In this case, the name is derived from "Egino," the Old High German form of the personal name
"Egon." The given name was popular among the Allemanic and Swabian nobility during the Middle Ages, and was thus handed down through these noble lines when hereditary surnames
became common in Germany.
Early Origins of the Eggen family
The surname Eggen was first found in Swabia, where it was a favorite personal name
of the nobles of the region; it was borne by Egeno of Fürstenberg, Swabia in 1351. The earliest known bearer of the surname was Benz Ege, who was a resident of Rottweil in 1351. The young Eggen family was instrumental during this early period, figuring prominently in the early history of the region and contributing greatly to the development of medieval Swabian society.
Early History of the Eggen family
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Eggen Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Eggen include Egen, Ege, Egi, Egeno, Egino, Agino, Agen, Egan and others.
Early Notables of the Eggen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Eggen family to the New World and Oceana
After the First World War, Austria
became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany
or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Eggen were Bernard Ege, who settled in Philadelphia in 1738; Adam Ege, who was living in New York in 1755; Martin Ege, who was naturalized in Pennsylvania in 1761.
Contemporary Notables of the name Eggen (post 1700)
- Olin Jeuck Eggen (1919-1998), American astronomer
- David Eggen, Canadian politician from Alberta
- Nils Arne Eggen (b. 1941), Norwegian former footballer, manager and teacher
- Dan Eggen (b. 1970), Norwegian football coach and former player