E is for …

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Edensor, Derbyshire.  Via Geograph.org, copyright Peter Tarleton, reused under creative commons.

From: Reaney, P H, (ed. Wilson, R M), 1997, Oxford Dictionary of English Surnames, 3rd ed., OUP, Oxford, and/or The Internet Surname Database (ISD), unless otherwise stated.

Eagle(s)

Earliest in AK: William Eagles, b. 1796, Staffordshire.

Essentially, a nickname for a person of lordly bearing or sharp sight (no mention of aquiline nose). The name is French in origin, possibly from L’Aigle in Orne department, which sits neatly with the Norman Conquest.

Elwell

Earliest in AK: Daniel Elwell, b. 1744, Woodsetton, Staffordshire.

Nothing in Reaney. ISD, probably from places in Dorset or Devon. From hael-wealla, omen-well.

Ensor

Earliest in AK: Nathaniel Ensor, b. abt. 1668, possibly Measham, Derbyshire.

From Edensor, Derbyshire.

Evans

Earliest in AK: Eleanor Evans, b. 1763, Measham, Derbyshire. Earliest direct ancestor: John Evans, father of William born 1797, Kinnerton, Cheshire.

Son of Evan, Welsh form of John.

Everall

Earliest in AK: Elizabeth Everall, d. 1689, Medlicott, Shropshire.

Nothing in Reaney. ISD attributes the name to an Old English female personal name Eoforhild, comprising eofor, wild boar, and hild, battle.

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