Early Origins of the Essingdon family
The surname Essingdon was first found in South Staffordshire
, at Essington, a village and civil parish that dates back to 996 when it was listed as Esingetun. By the Domesday Book
of 1086, the place name had changed to Eseningetone. The Domesday Book
lists Eseningetone as part of the Cuttlestone hundred
, land held by William fitzAnsculf and comprised 2 hides of land and was large enough for 6 ploughs. Countess Godgifu held the Hundred
at that time on behalf of fitzAnsculf. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name literally means "farmstead or the family or followers of a man called Esne," from the Old English personal name
+ "inga" + "tun." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Essingdon family
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Essingdon 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 Essingdon have been found, including Essington, Esington, Easington, Essinton and many more.
Early Notables of the Essingdon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Essingdon family to the New World and Oceana
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 Essingdon, or a variant listed above: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.