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Where did the Irish Estes family come from? What is the Irish 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?

When the Anglo- Normans began to settle in Ireland, they initially ignored the established Gaelic system for developing of patronymic names, and relied on their own traditional naming practices. Eventually, however, the two differing customs drew upon one another to some degree. The Anglo- Normans, unlike their Gaelic neighbors, frequently used nickname surnames. These Anglo-Norman nicknames were frequently of two types: "oath names" and "imperative names." Oath names often carried blessings or were formed from habitual expressions. Imperative names, formed from a verb added to a noun or an adverb, metaphorically described the bearer's occupations. The nick name surname Estes is derived from a nickname for a Iustas, indicating a fruitful person. This perhaps refers to someone with many offspring, or with extraordinary agricultural or material wealth. The Latin form Eustachius was originally derived from a Greek word which means fruitful.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Eustace, Eustice, Eustes, Eustach, Eustis and others.

First found in Kildare (Irish:Cill Dara), ancient homeland of the Kildare based Uí Dúnlainge (Kings of Leinster), located in the Province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Estes research. Another 427 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1014, 1454, 1585, 1480, 1549, 1st , 1505, 1578, 1580, 1590, 1665, 1st , 1693, 1581 and 1665 are included under the topic Early Estes History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 151 words(11 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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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: Cur me persequeris?
Motto Translation: Why persecutest thou me?.

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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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