Eagle last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Eagle is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Eagle.

Meaning of Eagle

An English surname derived from the bird of prey, likely referring to a person with keen sight or a hunter.

Eagle, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Eagle surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Eagle in America

Eagle is the 4261st most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Eagle surname appeared 8,325 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 people would have the surname Eagle.

We can also compare 2010 data for Eagle to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 4261 4123 3.29%
Count 8,325 7,949 4.62%
Proportion per 100k 2.82 2.95 -4.51%

The history of the last name Eagle

The surname Eagle has its origins in England, where it first emerged in the 12th century. It is derived from the Old English word 'Egle', which means an eagle. This name may have been given to someone who lived near a prominent rock formation or area inhabited by eagles, or it could have been used as a nickname for someone who was perceived to have eagle-like qualities, such as sharp vision or strength.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the name can be found in the Pipe Rolls of Lincolnshire from 1176, which mentions a person named William Eagle. The Hundred Rolls of 1273 also include references to individuals with this surname, such as Walter le Egle and Robert Egle.

In the 13th century, the name appeared in the Testa de Nevill, an ancient catalogue of feudal tenants in England, where it was recorded as Eagel and Eggel. These variations in spelling highlight the linguistic evolution of the surname over time.

Notable individuals with the surname Eagle include Sir William Eagle (1567-1622), an English politician who served as Sheriff of London in 1612. Another prominent figure was John Eagle (1615-1678), an English Puritan clergyman and author of several theological works.

In the 18th century, Edward Eagle (1741-1819) was a notable English architect responsible for designing several churches and public buildings in London and its surrounding areas.

Moving into the 19th century, Charles Eagle (1825-1905) was a British painter and engraver known for his landscape and animal paintings. During the same period, John Eagle (1837-1904) was an English architect and surveyor who designed various residential and commercial buildings in London.

Throughout history, the surname Eagle has been associated with individuals from various walks of life, including politicians, clergy, architects, artists, and surveyors. While the name's origins can be traced back to Old English, it has endured and evolved over the centuries, reflecting the rich tapestry of English history and culture.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Eagle

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Eagle.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Eagle was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 79.26% 6,598
Non-Hispanic Black Only 4.66% 388
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.67% 56
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 9.55% 795
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 3.15% 262
Hispanic Origin 2.71% 226

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Eagle has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 79.26% 81.04% -2.22%
Black 4.66% 4.28% 8.50%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.67% 0.68% -1.48%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 9.55% 9.75% -2.07%
Two or More Races 3.15% 2.47% 24.20%
Hispanic 2.71% 1.79% 40.89%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Eagle was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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