Ygeldent History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Ygeldent reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Ygeldent family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ygeldent family lived in Cambridgeshire, at Ickleton, parish, in the union of Linton, hundred of Whittlesford. "This place was the seat of a Benedictine nunnery, founded in the reign of Henry II. The church, supposed to have been built before the Conquest, contains 400 sittings."  
Another source notes that the family came from Ingleden in Kent. 
Early Origins of the Ygeldent family
The surname Ygeldent was first found in Cambridgeshire where they were conjecturally descended from Hardwin of Scales, a Norman knight who held the mamor of Ickleton from Count Eustace. 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included Robert de Incledene in Devon at that time.  Richard Igolynden and John Igulden were listed as holding lands in 1475 and 1536. 
Early History of the Ygeldent family
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Ygeldent Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Ickleton, Icledon, Ickledon, Icleton, Iggulden, Iggelden, Igguldon, Iggelsden, Igglesden, Igglesdon, Incleden and many more.
Early Notables of the Ygeldent family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Benjamin Incledon (1730-1796), a noted genealogist, "baptised at Pilton, near Barnstaple, Devonshire, 6 June 1730, was the second son, but the successor to the estate, of Robert Incledon, of Pilton House, by his second wife, Penelope, daughter of John Sanford of Ninehead, Somerset. The father was buried at Pilton on 9 Dec. 1758, aged 83, and the mother on 30 April 1738. Their son was educated at Blundell's school, Tiverton, and in...
Migration of the Ygeldent family
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Ygeldent name or one of its variants: Elizabeth, Jane, John, and Sarah Iggleden who settled in Massachusetts in 1634.