The name Etchinghan was carried to England
in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Etchinghan family lived at Echingham, in Sussex.
Early Origins of the Etchinghan family
The surname Etchinghan 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 Etchinghan family
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Etchinghan Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Echingham, Etchingham, Echington, Etchington, Ichingham, Itchingham, Itchington, Ichington, Eckingham and many more.
Early Notables of the Etchinghan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Etchinghan family to Ireland
Some of the Etchinghan 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 Etchinghan family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Etchinghan or a variant listed above: James Etchingham who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1860.