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Where did the English Eastman family come from? What is the English Eastman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Eastman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Eastman family history?The name Eastman was formed many centuries ago by the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name typically given to a person who was of grace or favorable protection. The surname Eastman originally derived from the Old English word Eastmund which referred to grace. The surname Eastman belongs to a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames. Nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Eastman include Eastman, Eastmunt, Esmund, Estman, Yeastman, Eestman, Eastmun, Eastmen, Eastmin and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eastman research. Another 209 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1086 and 1285 are included under the topic Early Eastman History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Eastman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Eastman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Eastman Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Eastman Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Eastman Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Eastman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eastman 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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