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Where did the Italian Estes family come from? What is the Italian Estes family crest and coat of arms? When did the Estes family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Estes family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Este, Estes, d'Estes, Destes and others.

First found in Ferrara, a city and comune in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, capital city of the Province of Ferrara. History dates the city back to 753. It was at war with Venice in 1471. It is a walled city and notable is the Church of S.Cristoforo. Knitted goods and shawls are made. This very distinguished family held seats in Ferrara, Padova and Modena as early as 972. Castle d'Este was begun at an early date. The Marchese d'Este was the first of the line.In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time was in itself a family honor.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Estes research. Another 219 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1288, 1344, 1415, 1395, 1415, 1474, 1539, 1479, 1520, 1509, 1572, 1476, 1534, 1531, 1607, 1413, 1471, 1450, 1591, 1644, 1628, 1629, 1610 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Estes History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 509 words(36 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Estes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Estes Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Matthew Estes, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1676

Estes Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Jean Estes, who came to New York in 1832
  • Jane Estes, who arrived in New York, NY in 1832
  • Elisabethe Estes, who settled in New York in 1832
  • Cretiers Estes, who settled in New York in 1832
  • J. M. Estes, who settled in New Orleans in 1850


Estes Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Louisa Estes, who arrived in Kansas in 1900

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  • Eleanor Estes (1906-1988), American children's author
  • Richard Despard Estes (b. 1928), American biologist
  • Bob Estes (b. 1966), American professional PGA golfer
  • Richard Estes (b. 1932), American painter, from Evanston, Ill, one of the best-known American exponents of photorealism, he is noted for his street scenes
  • John Adam Estes (1904-1977), nicknamed "Sleepy John Estes", American blues singer, guitarist, and composer
  • Patrick Brion Estes (b. 1983), American NFL football offensive tackle
  • Aaron Shawn Estes (b. 1973), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Simon Estes (b. 1938), African-American operatic bass-baritone
  • Vernon "Vern" Estes (b. 1930), American founder of Estes Industries, the model rocket production company in Penrose, Colorado
  • Will Estes (b. 1978), born William Estes Nipper, an American actor best known for his role as JJ Pryor, on the televsion show American Dreams

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  • Carey-Estes Genealogy by May Folk Webb.
  • The Estes Family of Virginia, Southern Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas and Their Ancestor Families-Yates, Marshall, Stockton by Lucille Alexander.
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  1. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  4. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
  5. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
  6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  8. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
  10. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
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The Estes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Estes Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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