Easter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
When the ancestors of the Easter family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Hampshire in the south of England having derived from the area of Stur, in Normandy, where the family lived prior to the 1066 invasion.
Early Origins of the Easter family
The surname Easter was first found in the arrondissement of Manche, in Tourlaville, in Normandy, when William of Stur sent William his son to England with Duke William of Normandy. William was granted lands in the Isle of Wight and Hampshire for assistance to King William at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Easter family
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Easter 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. Easter has been recorded under many different variations, including Astor, Aster, Astur, Astorr, Asterr, Asturr, Estor, Ester, Esturr, Astoria, Estoria, E'Stur, Stur and many more.
Early Notables of the Easter family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Easter is the 2,712nd most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. 
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Easters were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Easter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Easter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Easter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Easter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Easter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century