The history of the Ekington family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived at Echingham, in Sussex.
Early Origins of the Ekington family
The surname Ekington was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Echingham from very ancient times some say from the time of the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Ekington family
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Ekington Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Echingham, Etchingham, Echington, Etchington, Ichingham, Itchingham, Itchington, Ichington, Eckingham and many more.
Early Notables of the Ekington family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ekington family to Ireland
Some of the Ekington family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 147 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 Ekington family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Ekington name or one of its variants: James Etchingham who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1860.