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The surname Essex was first found in Middlesex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Essex were recorded, including Essex, Essecks, Esecks, Esex, Essax, Essacks and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Essex research. Another 407 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, 1513, 1549, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Essex History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Essex Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Essex family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Essex family emigrate to North America:
Essex Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Essex Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Essex Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Essex Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Essex Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Essex Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Essex 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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