Egginson is a patronymic form of an Old High German topographic name. It derives from the terms "Ecka" and "Egga" both of which refer to the corner of a field or area of land. The patronymic suffix "son" tells us that "Egginson" describes "the son of one who lived at the corner of two streets" in a town. The name would have also applied to the inhabitants of the countryside i.e. "son of one who dwelt in a particular corner of land". It is interesting to note the variety of spellings for this name as seen in the Scottish Register (1860). In 1854, one Margaret Eggins married Alexander Horn on December 3rd at Dalziel, Lanark, Scotland and Ann Egin married Thomas Conway on February 1st, 1864 at Midlothian, Edinburgh. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Kathereine Eghisson, which was dated 31st May 1612, (christened, Glasgow, Scotland), during the reign of King James VI, of Scotland, 1567 - 1625. 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.