The surname of EGGLETONE was a local name 'of Egleton' a chapelry in the parish of Oakham, County Rutland, it was also a township in the parish of Bishops Frome, County Hereford. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Early records of the name mention Simon de Egilton, 1273 County Rutland. John Eagleton married Esther Atlee at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1758. John Egleton and Hannah Dean, ibid. 1779. Originally the coat of arms identified the wearer, either in battle or in tournaments. Completely covered in body and facial armour the knight could be spotted and known by the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped garment which enveloped him. Between the 11th and 15th centuries it became customary for surnames to be assumed in Europe, but were not commonplace in England or Scotland before the Norman Conquest of 1066. They are to be found in the Domesday Book of 1086. Those of gentler blood assumed surnames at this time, but it was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) that second names became general practice for all people. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards. Bearers of this name, including the Duke of Sutherland and the Earl of Wilton, are descended from David, Sheriff of Chester in the reign of Henry 111 (1216-72). His son Philip, was the first in the family to be known by the surname, which was derived from lands in Cheshire, which he acquired from Urian de Edginton.
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