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The history of the East family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the area of the town or village that was in the east. The surname originated in the southern counties of Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Essex.

East Early Origins



The surname East was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from very early times in the town of Colchester.

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East Spelling Variations


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East Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name East include East, Easte, Est, Eyst, Eyste and others.

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East Early History


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East Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our East research. Another 383 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1196, 1297, 1200, 1300, 1675, 1776, 1540, 1608, 1602 and 1696 are included under the topic Early East History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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East Early Notables (pre 1700)


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East Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Sir William East; Thomas East (also spelt Est, Este, and Easte) (1540?-1608?), an English printer specializing in music printing...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early East Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name East or a variant listed above:

East Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard East who landed with his family in Virginia in 1623
  • Richard East, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Francis East, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1636
  • William East, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Henery East, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

East Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis East settled in Tobago, on one of the southern islands
  • James East, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • James J East, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • J East, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Margaret East, aged 52, landed in New York in 1862

East Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Danl East, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Sophia East, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Daniel East, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

East Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel East, aged 43, a wheelwright, arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Africaine.htm
  • Mary Ann East, aged 42, arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Africaine.htm
  • Samuel East, aged 19, a wheelwright, arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Africaine.htm
  • Mary Ann East, aged 17, a servant, arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Africaine.htm
  • Sarah East, aged 15, a servant, arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Africaine.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

East Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Margaret East arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred The Great" in 1859
  • Phoebe East arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred The Great" in 1859
  • Edward East arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • John East, aged 24, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Fanny A. East, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name East (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name East (post 1700)



  • Nathan East, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 31st District, 1994
  • John Rufus East (1845-1907), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1897
  • John Porter East (1931-1986), American Republican politician, Candidate for Secretary of State of North Carolina, 1968; Presidential Elector for North Carolina, 1972; U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1981-86
  • John Leonard East, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1932, 1944; Chair of Cook County Republican Party, 1950-51
  • Dan R. East, American politician, Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1970, 1972
  • Mrs. Alex East, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1936
  • Ronald Allan East (b. 1943), former American NFL football defensive tackle
  • Jeff East (1957-1978), American actor, best-known for his role Superman (1978)
  • John Porter East (1931-1986), American politician, Republican U.S. senator from the state of North Carolina
  • Nathan Harrell East (b. 1955), American jazz, R&B and rock bass player and vocalist
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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East Historic Events


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East Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Ronald East, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



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: J'avance
Motto Translation: I advance.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Africaine.htm

Other References

  1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The East Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The East 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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