Etchingham is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Etchingham family lived at Echingham, in Sussex.
Early Origins of the Etchingham family
The surname Etchingham was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Echingham from very ancient times some say from the time of the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Etchingham family
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Etchingham Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Echingham, Etchingham, Echington, Etchington, Ichingham, Itchingham, Itchington, Ichington, Eckingham and many more.
Early Notables of the Etchingham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Etchingham family to Ireland
Some of the Etchingham family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Etchingham family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, travelling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Etchingham or a variant listed above:
Etchingham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Etchingham who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1860
Etchingham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Etchingham, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843