Meaning and Origin of: Eaton

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : habitational name from any of the numerous places so named from Old English ēa ‘river’ or ēg ‘island’, ‘low-lying land’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.
  • Nathaneal Eaton, born in Coventry, England, in about 1609, came to MA in 1637 and was the first head of Harvard College, in 1638–39.