Ellings History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Ellings came to England with the ancestors of the Ellings family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ellings family lived in Lincolnshire, at the Manor of Elkington, near Louth.

Early Origins of the Ellings family

The surname Ellings 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. [1] 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 Ellings family

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Ellings Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Ellings are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Ellings include Elkinton, Alkington, Elchington and others.

Early Notables of the Ellings family (pre 1700)

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United States Ellings migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Ellings, or a variant listed above:

Ellings Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Ellings, who arrived in Maryland in 1671 [2]

New Zealand Ellings 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:

Ellings Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edwin Ellings, (b. 1845), aged 30, Cornish farm labourer departing on 11th July 1875 aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 7th October 1875 [3]
  • Miss Elizabeth Ellings, (b. 1847), aged 28, Cornish cook departing on 11th July 1875 aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 7th October 1875 [3]
  • Miss Minnie Ellings, (b. 1864), aged 11, Cornish settler departing on 11th July 1875 aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 7th October 1875 [3]
  • Mrs. Nanny Ellings, (b. 1846), aged 29, Cornish settler departing on 11th July 1875 aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 7th October 1875 [3]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Auckland 1872-80 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf


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