Show ContentsEiland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

There are several possible origins for the distinguished surname Eiland. Firstly, it is derived from the Old English "ealand," meaning "low-lying land" or "island." Alternatively, it may be derived from several place names in Northern England, such as Ealand in Lincolnshire, Little Eland in Northumberland, or Elland in Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Eiland family

The surname Eiland was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire, where the surname is descended from Ilbert de Lacy, who was the tenant of the lands of Elland according to the Domesday Book of 1086. Some of the family were found at Whitworth in Lancashire in early times. "The manor [of Whitworth] was granted by 'divers donators' to the convent of Stanlow in Cheshire, in the reign of John; among these donors was Sir John de Elland, parcener of the lordship of Rochdale, who gave one moiety of the manor." [1]

Early History of the Eiland family

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Eiland Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Eiland include Eland, Elland, Elan, Elande, Eyland, Eyeland, Egland, Eylan and many more.

Early Notables of the Eiland family (pre 1700)

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Eiland Ranking

In the United States, the name Eiland is the 7,340th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [2]

United States Eiland migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Eilands to arrive on North American shores:

Eiland Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • enrich Eiland, who landed in New York, NY in 1782 [3]
Eiland Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • A.Z. Eiland, aged 21, who arrived in America, in 1919
  • Ralph T. Eiland, aged 23, who arrived in America, in 1920
  • Eric Eiland, aged 39, who arrived in America, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Eiland (post 1700) +

  • Deandre' Eiland (b. 1982), American NFL football player who has played since 2004
  • Allen Craig Eiland (b. 1962), American politician, Speaker pro Tempore of the Texas House of Representatives (2003-)
  • David William Eiland (b. 1966), former American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1998 to 2000
  • Giora Eiland (b. 1952), retired Major General in the Israel Defense Forces, former National Security Advisor

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook