Early Origins of the Eastburn family
The surname Eastburn 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 Eastburn family
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Eastburn Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Eastburn has been recorded under many different variations, including Eastburn, Eastbourn, Eastbourne, Estburn, Estbourn and many more.
Early Notables of the Eastburn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Eastburn family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Eastburn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Edwin Eastburn, aged 36, a cartwright, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878
- Hannah Eastburn, aged 32, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878
Contemporary Notables of the name Eastburn (post 1700)
- David Eastburn, American homesteader who had the David Eastburn Farm located in New Castle County, Delaware built c. 1825, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986
- Manton Eastburn (1801-1872), American Episcopal bishop, Bishop of Massachusetts (1843–1872)
- James Wallis Eastburn (1797-1819), American poet
- John Eastburn Boswell (1947-1994), American historian and a full professor at Yale University, born in Boston, Massachusetts
- Joseph Eastburn Winner (1837-1918), American composer and music publisher, best known for his tune, "The Little Brown Jug" (1869) which was famously recorded by the Glenn Miller and His Orchestra in 1939
- Wallis Eastburn Howe (1868-1960), notable American architect from Rhode Island
- John Eastburn Boswell (1947-1994), American historian and a professor at Yale University