The Eltown name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in the village of Elton, which was in the county of Cheshire.
Early Origins of the Eltown family
The surname Eltown was first found in Cheshire
, at Elton, a village and civil parish which dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Eltone. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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."
Early History of the Eltown family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eltown research.Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1654, 1728, 1722, 1727, 1679, 1742, 1724, 1727, 1727, 1710, 1711, 1719 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Eltown History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Eltown Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Eltown has undergone many spelling variations
, including Elton, Eltone, Helton, Ellton and others.
Early Notables of the Eltown family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Ambrose Elton, JP, of The Hazle, Ledbury, High Sheriff
in 1618; Sir Abraham Elton, 1st Baronet
of Bristol (1654-1728), English peer, Mayor of and Member of Parliament for Bristol from 1722 to... Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eltown Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Eltown family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Eltown were among those contributors: Anthony Elton, wife Susan, three sons and a daughter settled in Maryland in 1682; Ed Elton settled in Virginia in 1653; Anthony Elton settled in West New Jersey in 1664.
The Eltown Motto
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.