Eagle Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Eagle Coat of Arms Meaning

Eagle Name Origin & History

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Eagle Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Eagle blazon are the lion and lion’s gamb. The two main tinctures (colors) are sable and argent.

Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur 1A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable. In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known 2Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26. Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy 3The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35.

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) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.

The art of heraldry would be significantly poorer if we were without the lion in all its forms. Most general works on Heraldry devote at least one chapter solely to this magnificent creature and its multifarious depictions 6A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172 7Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63 8Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140. Some of the earliest known examples of heraldry, dating right back to the knighting of Geoffrey of Anjou in 1127, where he is shown with six such beasts upon his shield 9A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45 .The great authority on heraldic symbology, Wade, points out the high place that the lion holds in heraldry, “as the emblem of deathless courage” 10The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60, a sentiment echoed equally today.

The art of heraldry would be significantly poorer if we were without the lion in all its forms. Most general works on Heraldry devote at least one chapter solely to this magnificent creature and its multifarious depictions 11A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172 12Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63 13Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140. Some of the earliest known examples of heraldry, dating right back to the knighting of Geoffrey of Anjou in 1127, where he is shown with six such beasts upon his shield 14A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45 .The great authority on heraldic symbology, Wade, points out the high place that the lion holds in heraldry, “as the emblem of deathless courage” 15The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60, a sentiment echoed equally today.The variant lion’s gamb is another word for leg, and its significance remains the same as its parent animal

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Eagle Name

Eagle Origin:
England

Origins of Eagle:
This interesting and unusual surname, with the new variant spellings Egle, Eagles, Eagell and Eglese, has three known origins, the first of which is an old English nickname appeared mainly in East Anglia for someone with a lordly important appearance or with particularly sharp sight, from the qualities related to the bird.  The origin is from the Middle English (1200 – 1500) “egle,” from the Old French “aigle,” itself from the Latin “aquila,” which, after the Norman Invasion of 1066 replaced the Olde English pre 7th Century word “earn.”  The second origin is locational and is a dialectal variant of the name “Oakley,” from the place in Lincolnshire so called.  The third source is also locational from the Norman place name “Laigle,” in the province of Orne.  Records from English Parish Records include the christening of John, son of George and Marie Eagle, in January 1596, at Repps with Bastwick, Norfolk, and the christening of Anne, daughter of William Eagle, in 1612, at St. James’, Clerkenwell, London.

Variations:
More common variations are: Eagley, Yeagle, Eagale, Eeagle, Eaigle, Eaghle, Eaegle, Agle, Egle, Eagl.

England:
The surname Eagle first appeared in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very early times and given lands by Duke William of Normandy, their true King, for their special assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 AD.

The very first recorded spelling of the family was shown to be that of Ralph Egle, dated about 1230, in the “Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire.”  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.

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

United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Eagle landed in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, and 19th.    Some of the people with the name Eagle who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included George Eagle, who settled in Virginia in 1635.  Geo Eagle, who landed in Virginia in 1635.  Katherine Eagle, who settled in Virginia in 1663.  Walter Eagle, who landed in Virginia in 1663.  William Eagle, who arrived in Maryland in 1663.

People with the surname Eagle who landed in the United States in the 18th century included John Eagle who settled in Maryland in 1736.  Marcus Eagle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761.  Edward Eagle, who settled in New England in 1763.  Henry Eagle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765.

The following century saw more Eagle surnames arrive.  Some of the people with the surname Eagle who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included George Eagle, aged 9, arrived in New York, NY in 1803.  Ann Eagle, aged 10, landed in New York, NY in 1803.  Eliza Eagle, who landed in New York in 1825.  E Eagle, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851.

Canada:
People with the surname Eagle settled in Canada in 18th    Some of the people with the surname Eagle who came to Canada in the 18th century included John Eagle, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749.  John Eagle, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750.  Ms. Ann Eagle U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia in October 1783 was passenger number 329 aboard the ship “HMS Clinton,” picked up in September 1783 at Staten Island, New York.

Australia:
Some of the individuals with the surname Eagle who landed in Australia in the 19th century included Reuben John Eagle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Moffatt” in 1839.  Eliza Eagle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Moffatt” in 1839.  Charlotte Eagle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Moffatt” in 1839.  Richard Eagle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Moffatt” in 1839.  Mary Ann Eagle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Moffatt” in 1839.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Eagle:
United States 10,224; Pakistan 4,400; Egypt 3,269; England 3,103; Australia 1,162; Turkey 1,048; South Africa 950; Canada 886; Mexico 864; Philippines 838.

Notable People:
Adam Fortunate Eagle (born 1929), was an Ojibwa activist.
Bad Eagle (c. 1839 – 1906), was a Comanche leader.
Big Eagle (c. 1827 – 1906), was a Mdewakanton Sioux leader.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Notes: (co. Suffolk). Blazon: Sable six lions argent three, two, and one. Crest—A. lion's gamb erect and erased or, grasping an eagle's leg erased at the thigh gules.

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1. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable
2. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
3. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
4. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
5. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
6. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172
7. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63
8. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140
9. A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45
10. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60
11. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172
12. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63
13. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140
14. A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45
15. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60