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The name England has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in a meadow beside water. The surname England 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.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name England have been found, including England, Englund, Englend and others.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our England research. Another 361 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1721, 1717 and 1720 are included under the topic Early England History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 91 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early England Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name England, or a variant listed above:
England Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John England who was one of the founders of Charlestown Massachusetts in 1620
- John England settled in Virginia in 1622
- Humphrey England and his son settled in Virginia in 1636
- Humphry, England Jr., who landed in Virginia in 1637
- Jon England, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
England Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Mary Cherry England, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1705
- George England, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
England Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James England, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1808
- William England, who landed in America in 1812
- John England, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1822
- Francis England, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
- George F England, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868
England Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
England Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Aaron England, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- William England, English Convict from Hertfordshire, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- George England, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Thetis"
- James England, aged 45, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Thetis"
England Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- C England landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1837
- Joseph England landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
- Charles England, aged 32, a wheelwright, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
- Mary A. England, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
- George England, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
- Arthur Jay England Jr. (1932-2013), American jurist and lawyer, member of the Florida Supreme Court (1975–1981)
- Anthony Wayne "Tony" England (b. 1942), American geochemist and former NASA Astronaut with 188 hours in space
- Douglas B. England, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1996, 2000
- Dean England, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Walker, Michigan, 2001
- Charles England, American politician, Mayor of Grand Prairie, Texas, 1992-
- Cecil W. England, American politician, First Selectman of Manchester, Connecticut, 1947
- Arthur J. England Jr., American politician, Justice of Florida State Supreme Court, 1975-81
- Antonio England, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1944
- Amy England, American politician, Workers World Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1996
- Doyle England, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1940
- Genealogies of Some England Families in America: With Miscellaneous England Marriages and Miscellaneous England Data by Charles Walter England.
- Joseph England and His Descendants: An Historical Genealogy of the England Family as Descending from Joseph England, 1680-1748: A Quaker Family of Cecil County, Maryland by Charles Walter England.
- Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
- Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
- Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
- Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
- Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
- 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.
- Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
- Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
The England Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The England 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.
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