The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Elckintown family, who lived in Lincolnshire
, at the Manor of Elkington,
Early Origins of the Elckintown family
The surname Elckintown was first found in Lincolnshire
at either North Elkington or South Elkington, parishes in the union of Louth, Wold division of the hundred
of Louth-Eske. Both parishes were originally one and were recorded in the Domesday Book
of 1086 as Alchinton. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Hence the name is conjecturally descended from William de Percy who held his lands from Ivo Tailbois, a tenant
in chief. At that time the village of Elkington (Alchinton) consisted of one church, one chapel, a mill and a mill site. Elkington is also a deserted medieval village and civil parish in the Daventry district of the county of Northamptonshire. Listed in 1377 as having 30 households, by 1412 there was none.
Early History of the Elckintown family
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Elckintown Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Elckintown were recorded, including Elkinton, Alkington, Elchington and others.
Early Notables of the Elckintown family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Elckintown family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Elckintown arrived in North America very early: William Elkinton, who settled in Virginia in 1637; Thomas Elkington, a bonded passenger who arrived in America in 1736; George Elkington, who was on record in New Jersey in 1738.