The name Engelen is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when a family lived in a meadow beside water. The surname Engelen originally derived from the Old English word Engelond
which referred to a meadow beside a rushing river.
As such, the surname is topographic; that is, a name derived from a geographical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.
Early Origins of the Engelen family
The surname Engelen was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Engelen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Engelen research.Another 361 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1721, 1717 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Engelen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Engelen 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 Engelen family name include England
, Englund, Englend and others.
Early Notables of the Engelen family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir George England; and Edward England
(died 1721), born Edward Seegar in Ireland
, a famous African coast and Indian Ocean... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Engelen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Engelen family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, 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 Engelen surname or a spelling variation of the name include : John England
who was one of the founders of Charlestown Massachusetts in 1620; and another John England
settled in Virginia in 1622; Humphrey England
and his son settled in Virginia in 1636..