Ellnor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Ellnor family
The surname Ellnor was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1273 when Hugh, son of Elyenor held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Ellnor family
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Ellnor 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 Ellnor family name include Ellenor, Eleaner, Eleanor, Ellnor, Elnor, Ellenor, Ellener, Elliner, Eliner, Ellnor and many more.
Early Notables of the Ellnor family
Distinguished members of the family include
- the Ellnor family of London
Migration of the Ellnor family
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 Ellnor surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Eleanor, who came to Ontario in 1818.