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Elsdon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancestors of the name Elsdon date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Elsdon family lived in Nottinghamshire or Wiltshire. The name could also be classified as a baptismal name as in the son of Elstan and an earlier personal name Dunstan.

Early Origins of the Elsdon family


The surname Elsdon was first found in Nottinghamshire at Elston, a small village that lies between the rivers Trent and Devon and dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Elvestune, Eluestune and Eluestune [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and probably meant "farmstead of a man called Eilafr" from an Old Scandinavian personal name + tun. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The less likely local that the name could have been derived from is Elston in Wiltshire, a hamlet in the parish of St. George which was also listed in the Domesday Book, but as Wintreburne. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Early History of the Elsdon family


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Elsdon Spelling Variations


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Elsdon are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Elsdon include: Elston, Elstone, Elliston, Elsden, Elsdon, Elson and others.

Early Notables of the Elsdon family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Elsdon family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Elsdon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Elsdon, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Elsdon, aged 25, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840

Contemporary Notables of the name Elsdon (post 1700)


  • Janet Elsdon Mackey JP (b. 1953), née Craig, a New Zealand politician, Member of Parliament for Gisborne (1993-1996) and for Mahia (1996-1999) and for East Coast (1999-2005)
  • Alexander Elsdon Maunder (1861-1932), British sport shooter, who competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics
  • Thomas Elsdon Ashford (1859-1913), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Elsdon Best (1856-1931), New Zealand ethnographer who studied the Maori
  • Elsdon Storey, Australian neurologist

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Citations


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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