Egginton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Egginton is a local name derived from one of two expressions: "hill of a man called Ecca" or "estates associated with a man called Ecga". In the former case, the name was derived from the Old English personal name Ecca + dun, meaning hill or home. In the second case, the name was derived from the Old English personal name Ecga + tun, or dun. [1]

Early Origins of the Egginton family

The surname Egginton was first found in Bedfordshire at the parish of Leighton Buzzard [2] where one of the first records of the name appeared as Ekendon in 1195. The second possible origin of the name was in Derbyshire where the name was listed in the Domesday Book as Eghintune [3] and at that time was held by Geoffrey Alselin. It comprised over 200 acres of meadow, had a priest, a church and one mill. In Derbyshire, Eggington is a parish in the union of Burton-upon-Trent, hundred of Morleston and Litchurch. "This place, called Eghintune in Domesday Survey, is there described as having a church, a priest, a mill, and six farmers. William Fitz Ralph, founder of Dale Abbey, gave the manor to his nephew, William de Glendon, in exchange for Stanley." [4]

Important Dates for the Egginton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Egginton research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1700, 1012, 1831 and 1893 are included under the topic Early Egginton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Egginton Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Egginton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Egginton include: Egginton, Eginton and others.

Early Notables of the Egginton family (pre 1700)

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Egginton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Egginton migration to Canada

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Egginton or a variant listed above:

Egginton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Amelia Egginton, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Contemporary Notables of the name Egginton (post 1700)

  • William Egginton (b. 1969), American literary critic and philosopher from Syracuse, New York
  • Tony Egginton (b. 1951), English politician, mayor of the Mansfield district in Nottinghamshire (2002 to 2011)
  • Frank Egginton (1908-1990), English landscape painter, known for his many landscape paintings of County Donegal, Ireland when he visited there in 1930
  • Wycliffe Egginton RI (1875-1951), father of Frank Egginton
  • John Smyth Egginton (b. 1867), former Commander of the Kent Cyclist Battalion
  • Robert Egginton, Scottish landscape painter, nephew of Frank Egginton

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Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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