Ellingham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The surname Ellingham is a habitational name from the places named Ellingham located in Hampshire, Norfolk and Northumberland. However, the place name Ellingham is derived from the Old English personal name "Ella" + inga, or ing + "ham" which literally means "homestead of the family or followers of a man called Ella." 
Early Origins of the Ellingham family
The surname Ellingham was first found in Norfolk where the earliest and more frequent listings are found. One of the first listings of the name appears in the Domesday Book as Elincham in 1086. At that time, Little Ellingham was listed as being three miles long, comprising 1540 acres of which 1196 were arable, 287 pasture and meadow, and 20 woodland. Great Ellingham comprised 2670 acres, of which 2135 were arable, and 477 pasture, meadow, and woodland.
Early History of the Ellingham family
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Ellingham 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 Ellingham family name include Ellingham, Elingham, Ellenham, Elyngam, Elyngham and others.
Early Notables of the Ellingham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ellingham family to Ireland
Some of the Ellingham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Ellingham migration to the United States +
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, 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 Ellingham surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Ellingham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Ellingham, who landed in New England in 1652 
Ellingham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Ellingham, aged 74, who settled in America from Liverpool, in 1892
- Thomas Ellingham, aged 74, who landed in America from Liverepool, in 1892
- B. Ellingham, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
- Annie Ellingham, aged 18, who settled in America, in 1897
Ellingham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Annie Ellingham, aged 25, who landed in America from Leitrim, Ireland, in 1905
- Henry Ellingham, aged 23, who landed in America from Leitrim, Ireland, in 1905
- Sarah Ellingham, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Leitrim, Ireland, in 1905
- Sarah Ellingham, aged 22, who landed in America from Leitrim, Ireland, in 1905
- Frank Konard Ellingham, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1909
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Ellingham migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Ellingham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Edwin Ellingham, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865
- Geoffry Ellingham, aged 21, a carpenter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
Contemporary Notables of the name Ellingham (post 1700) +
- Harold Johann Thomas Ellingham OBE (1897-1975), British physical chemist, best known for his Ellingham diagrams
Related Stories +
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ 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)