Everingham Family History Record Reprint... (c)July 2000

St. Everild of Everingham
AKA "Averil, and Everildis"

Her link to the name Everingham

information gathered from Geographical and Historical documentation. Info from Perish records, York Breviary, Benedictines, Farmer, Husenbeth.

Late 7th century. Sometime after King Cyneglis of the West Saxons was baptized by Saint Birinus in 635, the noble Wessex maiden Everild was converted to Christ. Longing to devote herself most perfectly to the service and love of her heavenly spouse, she fled from her parent's house to seek a convent. En route she was joined by two other virgins named Saints Bega and Wuldreda. Saint Wilfrid of York gave them the veil at a place called the Bishop's Farm, later known as Everildisham, i.e., the dwelling of Everildis. Some researchers believe that the name Everingham has evolved from Everildisham. This place may be Everingham (now Humberside), but E. Ekwall gives its derivation as "the ham of Eofor's people." A note: In looking for the roots of the name Everingham you run into the name Eofor many times. Eofor means "wild boar".

Here Everild gathered a large community, eventually numbering 80 women, and trained them in Christian perfection through her example and continual encouragement. All traces of her convent have disappeared, and traditions have not preserved the memory of its site. Usuard's martyrology and two others mention her, as do the calendars of York and Northumbria.

To further back up the Saint Everild theory, Everingham Park, a vast and old estate in Everingham England, has a church on it's grounds named after St. Everild. This is because they believed that Everingham was a name derrived from St. Everild.

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