Eastland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Eastland surname comes from any of many places so named in Old English.

Early Origins of the Eastland family

The surname Eastland was first found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1198 when Simon de Estlande held estates in that county.

Important Dates for the Eastland family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eastland research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Eastland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eastland Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Eastland family name include Estland, Esterland, Esterland, Estland and others.

Early Notables of the Eastland family (pre 1700)

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Eastland migration to the United States

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Eastland surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Eastland Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Eastland, who settled in Virginia in 1664
  • John Eastland, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [1]

Eastland migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Eastland Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Charles Eastland, Edward Eastland, and George Eastland, who were all on record in the census of Ontario, Canada in 1871

Eastland migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Eastland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edwin Eastland, aged 21, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
  • Emma Eastland, aged 17, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"

Contemporary Notables of the name Eastland (post 1700)

  • James Oliver Eastland (1904-1986), American politician from Mississippi who served in the United States Senate
  • Seaborn Eastland Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1964 [2]
  • Larry Eastland (b. 1943), American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Governor of Idaho, 1994; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 2004 [2]
  • Joseph Eastland, American politician, Postmaster at Barnwell Court House, South Carolina, 1816-17 [2]
  • James Oliver Eastland (1904-1986), American Democrat politician, Member of Mississippi State House of Representatives, 1928-32; U.S. Senator from Mississippi, 1941, 1943-79 [2]
  • Hiram Eastland, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1980 [2]
  • Captain William M Eastland, the town of Eastland, was named in his honor and his participation in the battle of San Jacinto

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  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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