Egglestown History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
This surname is derived from a geographical locality as in 'of Egleton,' a chapelry in the parish of Oakham, Rutland and a township in the parish of Bishops Frome, Herefordshire.   
The Leicestershire local dates back to 1218, when it was known as Egoluestun. 
Egglestone Abbey is a former Premonstratensian Abbey on the southern Yorkshire bank of the River Tees, now in ruins.
Early Origins of the Egglestown family
The surname Egglestown was first found in Leicestershire where Robert de Egelton was listed as a Freeman in 1225. Simon de Egilton was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls for Huntingdonshire in 1255 as later in Cornwall, Roger de Egilton was listed there in 1297. 
Another source notes that in Rutland, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Simon de Egilton as holding lands there at that time. 
Thomas of Eccleston (fl. 1250), was a Franciscan monk who studied at Oxford, and entered the Franciscan order probably soon after its settlement in England. "His work, for which he was collecting materials for twenty-five years, is dedicated to Simon de Esseby; it gives a narrative of some thirty years of the settlement of the Franciscans in England, describing their work and their poverty with the vividness of an eye-witness. " 
Early History of the Egglestown family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Egglestown research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1581, 1603, 1623, 1610, 1623, 1659, 1743, 1659, 1677, 1679, 1688, 1697, 1712, 1731, 1737 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Egglestown History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Egglestown Spelling Variations
During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Egglestown occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Eagleton, Eaglestone, Eglestone, Egglestone and many more.
Early Notables of the Egglestown family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was William Ecclestone or Egglestone (fl. 1610 - 1623), an English actor in English Renaissance theatre, a member of Shakespeare's company the King's Men.
Thomas Eccleston (1659-1743), Jesuit, only son of Henry Eccleston, Esq., of Eccleston Hall, Lancashire, by Eleanor, daughter of Robert Blundell, Esq., of Ince Blundell, was born in 1659. "He was educated in the college of St. Omer, and afterwards continued his studies for two years (1677-1679) in the English College at Rome. During the wars in Ireland, after the revolution of 1688, he held a captain's commission...
Another 98 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Egglestown Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Egglestown family to Ireland
Some of the Egglestown family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Egglestown family
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Egglestown, or a spelling variation of the surname include: Richard Eggleston of London settled in Virginia in 1635 and was soon joined by the Eagletons who left Ireland. Bigod Eggleston who had already settled in New England in 1620.
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- ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print