Eagleton - what does Eagleton surname mean?
This name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational surname deriving from either the place called `Eggleton` in the parish of Bishop`s Frome in Herefordshire or from the place in Rutland called `Egleton`, near Oakham. The place in Herefordshire is recorded as `Eglingtone` in 1212, and means `the settlement of Ecgwulf`s people`, derived from the Old English pre 7th Century personal name `Edgwulf`, composed of the elements `ecg`, edge, point (of a weapon), and `wulf`, wolf, with the suffix `ing(as)`, indicating `people of`, and `tun`, village, settlement. The place in Rutland is recorded as `Egiltun` and as `Egoluestun` in the Forest Charters of 1218, and means `Ecgwulf`s settlement`, derived from the same elements as `Eggleton`. The modern surname can be found as Eggleton, Egleton, Egalton and Eagleton. The marriage of John Egalton and Rebecca James was recorded at St. Matthew`s, Bethnal Green, London, on November 24th 1794. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Simon de Egilton, which was dated 1273, in the `Hundred Rolls of Rutland`, during the reign of King Edward 1, known as `The Hammer of the Scots`, 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to `develop` often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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