Easthop History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished and ancient surname Easthop 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." [1]

Early Origins of the Easthop family

The surname Easthop 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. [1] 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. [2] Literally the place names means "eastern enclosed valley," from the Old English "east" + "hop." [3]

Important Dates for the Easthop family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Easthop research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1603 and 1841 are included under the topic Early Easthop History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Easthop Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Easthop are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Easthop include: Easthop, Esthop, Estep, Estop, Estap, Estope, Esthope and many more.

Early Notables of the Easthop family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Easthop Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Easthop migration to the United States

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Easthop or a variant listed above:

Easthop Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Brid Easthop, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Brid Easthop, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [4]

Citations

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ 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)
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