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Where did the English Esmonde family come from? What is the English Esmonde family crest and coat of arms? When did the Esmonde family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Esmonde family history?The name Esmonde comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a person who was of grace or favorable protection. The surname Esmonde originally derived from the Old English word Eastmund which referred to grace. The surname Esmonde 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.
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Esmonde has undergone many spelling variations, including Eastman, Eastmunt, Esmund, Estman, Yeastman, Eestman, Eastmun, Eastmen, Eastmin and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Esmonde research. Another 209 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1086 and 1285 are included under the topic Early Esmonde History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Esmonde Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Esmonde 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.
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Esmonde were among those contributors: Roger Eastman, who settled in Massachusetts in 1636; Mary Eastman, who immigrated to Maryland in 1671; James Eastman, who arrived in Barbados in 1679.
The Esmonde Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Esmonde 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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