Recorded in many surname spellings including Ayton, Eaton, Eton, Eyton, Iton, Iteen and apparently the extraordinary Eighteen, this interesting name is usually of Olde English and Anglo-Saxon pre 7th century origins. It is a locational surname deriving from any one of the numerous places called Eaton, Eton, and Ayton, found in several counties of England. Most of these places are named from the Olde English words "ea", meaning river, and "tun", a farm or settlement. They are variously recorded in the famous Domesday Book of 1086 in the spellings of Etone, Etune, Ettuna, and Ettone. It is therefore easy to see how the later surname spellings developed over the centuries. However there is also a probablity that at least some of the later surname spellings developed from the French name "Etienne" or "Estienne", forms of the personal name Stephen, and well recorded amongst the Huguenot protestant refugees of the 17th century. Examples of London recordings which may help to show the surname development include the christening of John Eaton, at St. Lawrence Jewry, on January 20th 1566, and the marriage of Edward Eton and Clemence Jordan at St. Mary Woolchurch, on October 15th 1570. Blais Etienne was recorded at the French Church, Threadneedle Street, on January 6th 1656, Charlotte Eteen at St Pancras Old Church, on February 24th 1844, and Henry Eighteen, at St Pauls, Deptford, on December 7th 1851. The first recorded spelling of the family name is believed to be that of Peter de Eton. This was dated 1273, in the "Hundred Rolls" of the county of Huntingdonshire", during the reign of King Edward 1st of England, 1272 - 1307.

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  • Eighteen — Eight een ([=a] t[=e]n ), a. [AS. eahtat[=y]ne, eahtat[=e]ne. See {Eight}, and {Ten}, and cf. {Eighty}.] Eight and ten; as, eighteen pounds. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eighteen — late 14c., eightene, earlier ahtene (c.1200), from O.E. eahtatene, eahtatyne; see EIGHT (Cf. eight) + TEEN (Cf. teen). Cf. O.S. ahtotian, Du. achttien, O.H.G. ahtozehan, Ger. achtzehn, O.N. attjan, Swed …   Etymology dictionary

  • eighteen — ► CARDINAL NUMBER ▪ one more than seventeen; 18. (Roman numeral: xviii or XVIII.) DERIVATIVES eighteenth ordinal number …   English terms dictionary

  • eighteen — [ā′tēn′] adj. [ME eightetene < OE eahtatiene: see EIGHT & TEEN1] totaling eight more than ten n. the cardinal number between seventeen and nineteen; 18; XVIII …   English World dictionary

  • eighteen — /eɪˈtin / (say ay teen) noun 1. a cardinal number, ten plus eight. 2. a symbol for this number, as 18 or XVIII. 3. a team in Australian Rules football: the Carlton eighteen. 4. a large keg of beer (a kilderkin), formerly approx. 18 gallons, now… …  

  • eighteen — n. & adj. n. 1 one more than seventeen, or eight more than ten; the product of two units and nine units. 2 a symbol for this (18, xviii, XVIII). 3 a size etc. denoted by eighteen. 4 a set or team of eighteen individuals. 5 (18) Brit. (of films)… …   Useful english dictionary

  • eighteen — noun Etymology: Middle English eightetene, adjective, from Old English eahtatīene, from eahta + tīene; akin to Old English tīen ten Date: before 12th century see number table • eighteen adjective • eighteen pronoun, plural in construction •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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