Early Origins of the Eastay family
The surname Eastay was first found in Kent
at Eastry, a civil parish and ancient Saxon village that dates back to at least the 9th century when it was listed as Eastorege. By the time of the Domesday Book
of 1086, the place name had evolved to Estrei CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "eastern district or region," from the Old English words "easter" + "ge." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
According to legend, the royal palace of the Saxon kings of Kent
stood here. Another legend claim that King Ecgberht of Kent
(died c. 673) had his cousins Aethelred and Aethelberht killed within the palace walls. And another story claims Thomas Becket hid in Eastry's caves during his escape in 1164.
Early History of the Eastay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eastay research.Another 265 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1106, 1432, 1455, 1487, 1634, 1692, 1640, 1692 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Eastay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Eastay Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Eastay have been found, including Eastday, Eastdye, Eastdai, Estday, Estdye and others.
Early Notables of the Eastay family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Mary Towne Eastey (also spelled Esty, Easty, Estey, or Estye) (1634-1692), born Mary Towne in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
, she and her family... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eastay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Eastay family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Eastay, or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..