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Where did the English Elton family come from? What is the English Elton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Elton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Elton family history?

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Elton is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the village of Elton, which was in the county of Cheshire.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Elton has been spelled many different ways, including Elton, Eltone, Helton, Ellton and others.

First found in Cheshire, at Elton, a village and civil parish which dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Eltone. [1] There are at least five other villages named Elton scattered throughout Britain but this locale seems to be the oldest. The name has various different origins, but the most prominent meaning is "farmstead where eels are caught." Others include: "farmstead of the princes;" "farmstead of a man called Ella;" and "farmstead associated with a man called AEthel."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elton research. Another 153 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Elton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Elton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Eltons to arrive in North America:

Elton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Ann Elton, who landed in Maryland in 1638
  • Ed Elton settled in Virginia in 1653
  • John Elton, who arrived in Maryland in 1661
  • Anthony Elton settled in West New Jersey in 1664
  • Jno Elton, who landed in Virginia in 1665


Elton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • William Elton arrived in Pennsylvania in 1771

Elton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Miles Elton, aged 22, landed in Maryland in 1813

Elton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Luther Elisha Hall Elton, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Elton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Henry Elton arrived in Port Phillip aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849

Elton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Edward Elton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840

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  • Charles Sutherland Elton (1900-1991), English zoologist and animal ecologist awarded the Darwin Medal in 1970
  • Charles Isaac Elton (1839-1900), English lawyer and antiquary
  • Geoffrey Rudolph Elton (1921-1994), English historian
  • Ben Elton (b. 1959), English comedian, author, playwright and television director
  • Oliver Elton (1861-1945), English literary historian
  • Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Cockayne Elton (1832-1888), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Lewis Richard Benjamin Elton (b. 1923), British physicist


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Artibus et armis
Motto Translation: By arts and arms.

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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The Elton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Elton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 21 March 2014 at 11:00.

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