E is for… A Genealogy Study


Now that we have, hopefully, all the errors out of the way, let’s move on to the last names starting with ‘E’. As usual, you can head back to the past posts for more names and more explanation. (A, B, C, D, De)

|A | B | C | D | De|

Eaton: This interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational surname deriving from any one of the numerous places called Eaton found in most of the midland and north-midland counties of England. Most of these places are named with the Olde English pre 7th Century “ea”, river, with “tun”, enclosure, settlement, and are variously recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as “Etone”, “Etune”, “Ettuna”, and “Ettone”.

Ecker: Dutch and German: from a medieval personal name, probably a short form of Eckhard. German: topographic name for someone who lived in a corner house or kept a corner shop, from Middle High German ecke ‘corner’ + the suffix -er, denoting an inhabitant.

Ellithorpe: English: habitational name from an unidentified place, probably in Lincolnshire. The surname has died out in the British Isles but thrives in the U.S.

Ellitt: This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, from a personal name which traces its origin to two names recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086; “Ailiet” and “Aliet”. Deriving ultimately from the Olde English pre 7th Century “Aeoelgyo” and “Aeoelgeat”, they break down to mean in the first instance, “noble combat” (“aoel”, noble, and “gyo”, battle), and secondly, “noble great” (“aoel”, noble, and “gait”, goat), which is a masculine form of an old tribal name.

Emmitt: This interesting surname is of early medieval English origin, and has two distinct possible origins, each with its own history and derivation. Firstly, the name may derive from Emmot, a diminutive pet form of the female personal name Emma, introduced into England by the Normans, among whom it was extremely popular. The ultimate origin is the Germanic “Emma” or “Imma”, hypocoristic forms of women’s names with a first element “ermin, irmin”, whole, entire, universal. The name may also be locational from Emmott in Lancashire, recorded as “Emot” in 1296, and so called from the Olde English pre 7th Century “eagemot” meaning “junction of streams”. A Coat of Arms granted to the Emmott family of Emmott, Lancashire, is a shield divided per pale azure and sable, with a fesse engrailed ermine between three gold bulls’ heads cabossed, the Crest being a hind sejant reguard resting the dexter paw upon a beehive proper.

Emory: This interesting name is of Norman French origin, introduced into England by the followers of William I after the Conquest of 1066. The surname derives from an Old Germanic personal name, “Amalric”, composed of the elements “amal”, bravery, vigour, with “ric”, power, which was adopted into Old French in a great variety of different forms.

Eppes: This interesting surname, of Anglo-Saxon origin, is either a topographical name for someone who lived near an aspen tree, or a nickname for a timorous person, deriving from the Middle English “apse” (Olde English “oeps”, “oespe”), meaning “aspen”. The surname dates back to the early 13th Century.

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