The Shield is: Gules on a chevron between three garbs or banded
vert, as many escallops sable.
Translation: The background colour gules (red) denotes Military fortitude and Magnanimity. The garb or sheaf of wheat signifies Plenty or that the Harvest of one's Hopes has been secured.
The Crest is: A dexter arm in armour embowed couped at the shoulder proper the hand grasping a garb bendwise as in the arms.
The Motto is: 'Si sic prudentia', "If there be prudence".
The English surname Eden is patronymic in origin, being on of those names derived from the first name of the father or mother. In this case, it is derived from the personal name "Ede" or "Edde" and simply denotes "son of Ede". "Ede", itself, was a very popular feminine font name and continued well into the seventeenth century as a personal name. It may also have been used occasionally as a nickname for Edward or Edmund but this would not have been decisive.
Early instances of the surname Eden included references to one Nicholas filius Edon and one Nel filius Edine in the book of One Hundred Rolls of 1273. A Johannes Slipar and his wife Edden are also mentioned in the Yorkshire Poll tax of 1379. The prefix "filius" means "son of" and indicates the patronymic origin of the name.
A notable bearer of the name was Robert Anthony Eden (1897-1977), the British conservative politician. Eden was foreign secretary from 1954 to 1955 when he succeeded Churchill as prime minister. Bad health forced his resignation in 1957.
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