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Eaton Coat of Arms / Eaton Family Crest

Eaton Coat of Arms / Eaton Family Crest

The surname of EATON was a locational name 'of Eaton' parishes in the counties of Berkshire and Derbyshire. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land and indicated where he actually lived. The name was derived from the Old English word EDTUNE, and literally meant the dweller by the river. Early records of the name mention EDTUNE (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Eton Tregos was recorded in Gloucestershire in the year 1316. Peter de Eton, was documented in County Huntingdonshire in the year 1273. Robert de Etone was recorded during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377) in County Berkshire. Walter de Etone of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Thomas Eaton, was documented in the year 1563 in London. Thomas Bennitt married Margaret Eton at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1669. John Eaton and Anne Eaton were married at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in the year 1710. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. At least one family of this name derived from an estate in Shropshire, which they have held since the 12th century. Robert de Eyton is recorded in transactions with Shrewsbury Abbey in the reign of Henry II (1154-70).


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last updated on: April 3rd, 2017

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