EGLISE has the associated arms recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The name was of the baptismal group of surnames 'the son of Eglon' an ancient and now forgotten personal name. Early records of the name mention William Egle, 1273, County Cambridge. Gilbert de la Hegle was documented in County Sussex in the same year. Joseph Eagle and Elizabeth Johnson were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1777. Daniel Miller and Anna Maria Eagles were married at the same church in 1780. An eminent member of the name was John Eagles (1650-1735) the English composer born in London. He became master of the King's Band of Musik in 1700, composed the music for the coronation of Queen Anne and published many volumes of theatre music, songs and masques. Two other brothers, Henry (1652-1742) and Thomas (1652-1735) were violinists, and although Henry achieved success in Paris, little is known of Thomas except that he played in London taverns. This surname is most common in Gloucester and Warwickshire. A certain Solomon Eagles, who was a Quaker musician in London in the second half of the 17th century, was also known as Eccles, and may well have been of Huguenot origin. The Bristol family of this name are probably descended from a certain William Eagles, burgess in 1630. As Bristol traders, they also acquired estates in Carolina whence the name became established in North America. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe. The eagle depicted in the arms is the emblem of fortitude and magnaminity of mind. The Romans used the figure of an eagle for their ensign, and their example has been often followed. It is the device of Russia, Austria, Germany and the United States of America and the Emperors of France.
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