Eastep History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The distinguished and ancient surname Eastep is of two possible origins. Firstly, it is derived from "Easthope," the name of a village located in Shropshire, on the Welsh border. Alternatively, the name is Old English in origin, deriving from the word "esthop," meaning "dweller in the eastern valley." 
Early Origins of the Eastep family
The surname Eastep was first found in County Suffolk, where William del Estope was living in 1185. In this instance, the name was likely derived from the Old English word "esthop." A later bearer was John de Esthop, who was listed in the Rotuli Hundredorum of Shropshire in 1275.  It is likely that in this case, the name was derived from the name of the village of Easthope in Shropshire.
The parish of Easthope in Shropshire dates back to Saxon times as the first record of the parish was in 901 when it was listed with the same spelling as today: Easthope. Ironically, by the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, the parish was known simply as Stope.  Literally the place names means "eastern enclosed valley," from the Old English "east" + "hop." 
Early History of the Eastep family
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Eastep Spelling Variations
Eastep has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Easthop, Esthop, Estep, Estop, Estap, Estope, Esthope and many more.
Early Notables of the Eastep family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Eastep is the 15,205th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Eastep family
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Easteps to arrive on North American shores: Brid Easthop, who settled in Virginia in 1654; Mary Esthop in 1663; Richard Estep, who emigrated from Middlesex to Maryland in 1684; Juliette Eastope, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1908.