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Evenden Coat of Arms / Evenden Family Crest

Evenden Coat of Arms / Evenden Family Crest

The surname of EVENDEN was a locational name 'of Evenden', an unidentified spot in Kent. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Early records of the name mention Gunnora de Ethinden, of County Kent, in 1273. Richard de Ethinden, of County Kent, 1273. Thomas Evendon of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Later instances of the name include Edward Evenden and Mary Sparrows who were married at St.Georges, Hanover Square, London, in 1755. James Evenden and Sarah Collett were married at St.Georges, Hanover Square, London, in 1782. Many modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identity individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today. Hereditary surnames were originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were acquired by most families of major landholders, and many landed families of lesser importance. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasional individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The late sixteenth century saw the arrival, mostly in London and the south-coast ports of large numbers of people fleeing from the war regions of France.


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