The history of the Eghan name began with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Edward
. This surname was a diminutive form of Ede-kin
Early Origins of the Eghan family
The surname Eghan was first found in Oxfordshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Eghan family
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Eghan Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Eghan family name include Eakin, Eakins, Ekins, Ekin, Eaking, Heakins and many more.
Early Notables of the Eghan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Eghan family to Ireland
Some of the Eghan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 141 words (10 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 Eghan family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Eghan surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Jonathon Eakin, a merchant from Somerset
, who arrived in Maryland in 1685; James Eakin made his home in the same state in 1759; Robert Eakin settled in New York in 1803.