This is a locational name which derives from either a now "lost" medieval village probably in the Hertfordshire area or from a place whose name derives from the Olde English, "the place of the Geofa tribe". The villages of "Giuingtune" (now Evington) in Gloucester and Leicester are two possible sources but the predominance of the name in Hertfordshire strongly suggests local influence. The name is well recorded in the "London" area and is quite remarkable, in the fact that all spellings of the surame are the same back to the earliest recording.One of the more unusual examples of the recording is the one of Richard Ewington of London who on November 12th 1691 married a Lady with the unfortunate name of Elizabeth Bugbeard, at St. James Church, Dukes Place, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ann Ewington, which was dated December 6th 1596, married William Ancell at Kimpton, Hertfordshire, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, "Good Queen Bess", 1558 - 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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