Early Origins of the Eastbourne family
The surname Eastbourne was first found in Yorkshire
in the West Riding where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the village and lands of Eastburn, held by Gilbert de Tison, a Norman baron, from the King, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Eastbourne family
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Eastbourne Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Eastburn, Eastbourn, Eastbourne, Estburn, Estbourn and many more.
Early Notables of the Eastbourne family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Eastbourne family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Eastbourne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Eastbourne, English convict from Yorkshire, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855