Eyland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

There are several possible origins for the distinguished surname Eyland. Firstly, it is derived from the Old English "ealand," meaning "low-lying land" or "island." Alternatively, it may be derived from several place names in Northern England, such as Ealand in Lincolnshire, Little Eland in Northumberland, or Elland in Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Eyland family

The surname Eyland was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire, where the surname is descended from Ilbert de Lacy, who was the tenant of the lands of Elland according to the Domesday Book of 1086. Some of the family were found at Whitworth in Lancashire in early times. "The manor [of Whitworth] was granted by 'divers donators' to the convent of Stanlow in Cheshire, in the reign of John; among these donors was Sir John de Elland, parcener of the lordship of Rochdale, who gave one moiety of the manor." [1]

Early History of the Eyland family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eyland research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1484, 1542 and 1510 are included under the topic Early Eyland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eyland Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Eland, Elland, Elan, Elande, Eyland, Eyeland, Egland, Eylan and many more.

Early Notables of the Eyland family (pre 1700)

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eyland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Eyland migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Eyland or a variant listed above were:

Eyland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Eyland, who was naturalized in South Carolina in 1824

Contemporary Notables of the name Eyland (post 1700) +

  • Cliff Eyland (b. 1954), well-known Canadian painter, writer and curator, as well as an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba School of Art


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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