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Where did the English Esse family come from? What is the English Esse family crest and coat of arms? When did the Esse family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Esse family history?Esse is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Esse family lived in close proximity to an ash tree. As such, the name has local references to towns called Ash in Derbyshire, Surrey, Hampshire, and many other places.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Esse include Esse, Ash, Ashe, Aschey and others.
First found in the county of Devon in southern England. The first person to settle in the locality was D'Esse Court, a companion of King William, Duke of Normandy who landed in England in 1066 A.D. and was granted lands by his liege lord in the vicinity of Exeter, Devon.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Esse research. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1326, 1597, 1658, 1640, 1656, 1609, 1656, 1640, 1652, 1671 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Esse History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 137 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Esse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Esse family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 251 words(18 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Esses to arrive on North American shores:
Esse Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Non nobis sed omnibus
Motto Translation: Not for us but for all.
The Esse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Esse 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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