Eastham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

When the ancestors of the Eastham family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Cheshire, at the Manor of Eastham.

Early Origins of the Eastham family

The surname Eastham was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Eastham. At the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, a census initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066, Eastham consisted of a village and Mill on the banks of the Mersey and the tenant-in-chief was Earl Hugh, the Earl of Chester who later became the Earl of Carlisle. Eastham was one of many holdings in Cheshire by Earl Hugh and conjecturally the Easthams are descended from a relative or a Norman noble tenant who operated the Mill. Two or three centuries later when the village of Liverpool took shape, there was a ferry from Eastham, a part of the borough of Bebington.

Early History of the Eastham family

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Eastham Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Eastham have been found, including Eastham, Eastam, Estham, Esteham, Esterham and others.

Early Notables of the Eastham family (pre 1700)

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United States Eastham migration to the United States +

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Eastham were among those contributors:

Eastham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Eastham, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [1]
Eastham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann Eastham, aged 4, who landed in New York in 1862 [1]

New Zealand Eastham migration to New Zealand +

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:

Eastham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. S. Eastham, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Aorangi" en route to Auckland, New Zealand on 23rd July 1892 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Eastham (post 1700) +

  • David B. Eastham, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 12 aerial victories
  • Presley C. Eastham, American politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 5th District, 1873-75 [3]
  • John P. Eastham, American Republican politician, Member of New Mexico State Senate 38th District, 1967-72 [3]
  • John H. Eastham (1863-1938), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana, 1910-14 [3]
  • Isaac Newton Eastham (1805-1871), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1859 [3]
  • Henry W. Eastham, American politician, Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts, 1903-05 [3]
  • George Edward Eastham (b. 1936), former English footballer
  • George Eastham (b. 1936), English soccer player
  • Thomas Michael Eastham, QC, Recorder and Honorary Recorder of Cambridge, residing in London
  • Leonard Ernest Sydney Eastham, M.A., Professor of Zoology, University of Sheffield, residing in Dorset


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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