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Eades Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Eades blazon are the leopard’s face and chevron engrailed. The two main tinctures (colors) are azure and argent.

Azure is the heraldic colour blue, usually quite a deep, dark shade of the colour (there is a lighter blue that sometimes occurs, known as celestial azure). If colour printing is not available then it can be represented by closely spaced horizontal lines in a scheme known as “hatching” 1. The word is thought to originate from the Arabic lazura and it represents the colour of the eastern sky. It is also said to be the colour associated by the Catholic Church with the Virgin Mary and hence of particular significance 2.

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 3. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 4.

The leopard’s face (sometimes, incorrectly referred to as a leopard’s head occurs very frequently in heraldry 5. Early heraldic artists tended to treat lions and leopards as the same animal, but during the development of British Heraldry the heads of the two creatures have adopted separate, and more realistic forms. Wade would have us associate leopards with warriors, especially those who overcome ”hazardous things by force and courage” 6

The chevron is one the major shapes used upon a shield, known as ordinaries, being in the form of an inverted ‘v’ shape 7. It is a popular feature, visually very striking and hence developed to have various decorative edges applied to distinguish otherwise identical coats of arms. The edge pattern engrailed is a series of scalloped indentations with the points facing outwards – and should not be confused with invected, which has the points facing inwards! Wade believes that both of these indented forms represent “earth or land”, and one perhaps can indeed see the furrowed earth embodied in them.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Eades Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Eades Origin:


Origins of Eades:

This unique surname is of English origin and derives from a name of Middle English origins, specifically the given name Edwy and the Ancient English pre 7th Century Eadwig, a combination of the components "ead" which mean "prosperity" or "worth" and "wig" "battle." The surname dates as far back as the mid-13th Century. Other recordings are for one Adam Eadwy (1275), in the "The Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk". In 1533 one Richard Eyddes married Johanna Edley in London, and Joan Eddie married William Woode on January 1600 at St. Nicholas Cole Abbey, London. Herbert Edes was named in 1606 at University College, Oxford, and Thomas, son of Thomas and Frances Eddie, was named or called on April 1653 at St. Botolph, Bishopsgate, London.


More common variations are: Eadees, Eiades, Eadess, Eeades, Edes, Ades, Eads, Eadesse, Eaddesi, Eaddies.


The origins of the surname Eades is found in many divisions all over the England. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 revealed the list of early recordings of the name like Edde in Norfolk, Edde filius Hugh in Hungtindinsire, William filius Ede in Suffolk and William Ede in Norfolk.

The very first recorded spelling of the family was shown to be that of Robert Edwy, dated about 1254, in "Archaeological Cantiana". It was during the time of King Henry III who was known to be the “The Frenchman," dated 1216 - 1272. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England. Surnames all over the country began to develop, with unique and shocking spelling varieties of the original one.


Many of the people with surname Eades had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Eades settled in the United States in three different centuries respectively in 17th, 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Eades who settled in the United States in the 17th century included John Eades arrived in Barbados in 1669. Susana Eades in Maryland in 1680. Henry Eades came to Virginia in 1684, and Thomas Eades and his sister Elizabeth came to Maryland in 1685.

Some of the people with the surname Eades who settled in the United States in the 18th century included Henry Eades would eventually settle in Virginia in 1715. Henry Eades settled in Rappahannock Virginia in the year 1728.

The following century saw much more Eades surnames arrive. Some of the people with the surname Eades who settled in the United States in the 19th century included Stephen Eades in New York, NY in the year 1849.


Some of the people with the surname Eades who settled in Canada in the 18th century included John Eades, Thomas Eades, Ann Eades and Sarah Eades, all arrived in Nova Scotia in the same year 1750.


Some of the people with the surname Eades who settled in Australia in the 19th century included Henry Eades arrived in New South Wales, Australia in 1832 and G. Eades arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Delhi “in 1839.


Some of the people with the surname Eades who settled in New Zealand in the 19th century included William in Wellington in 1841. William Eades, Frances Eades, James Eades and Matilda Eades arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the same ship “London” in the same year 1842.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Eades: United States 5,735; England 2,140; Australia 878; Canada 329; South Africa 493; Scotland 98; Wales 181; Germany 134; New-Zealand 315; Chile 63.

Notable People:

Peter D. Eades (born 1952) is an Australian computer scientist, a teacher in the School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney, famous for his skills in graph drawing.

David Eades is a famous writer and reporter working for BBC News. He also presents BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight.

Sandra Eades (born 1967) is a Noongar specialist, scholar, and researcher and the first Aboriginal medical expert to be rewarded a Ph.D. of Philosophy in 2003. She is also remembered as the NSW (New South Wales) Woman of the Year for 2006.

Gerald Eades Bentley (1901 – 1994) was an American intellectual and literary professor.

Blazons & Genealogy Notes

(co. Middlesex, and Saxmundham, co. Suffolk). Az. a chev. engr. betw. three leopards' faces ar. Crest—A leopard's face ar.

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El Elyon commented on 03-Aug-2018
where the family


  • 1 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
  • 2 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P150
  • 3 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 4 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
  • 5 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Lion
  • 6 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P65
  • 7 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Chevron