Early Origins of the Eastlee family
The surname Eastlee was first found in Hampshire
at Eastleigh, originally a Saxon village first recorded c. 932 as "East lea" where "leah" was an ancient Anglo-Saxon
word meaning "a clearing in a forest." Collectively the place name meant "east wood or clearing." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The village lies on the old Roman road, built c. 79 A.D. between Winchester and Bitterne. By the time of the Domesday Book
of 1086, the village was known as Estleie. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Today the village is a railway town in the Borough of Eastleigh. As far as the surname is concerned, it was first referenced in the year 1219 when Henry of Eastley held estates in Yorkshire.
Early History of the Eastlee family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eastlee research.Another 323 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1541, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Eastlee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Eastlee Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Eastlee have been found, including Eastley, Eastleigh, Eastly, Easley, Easly, Easlie and many more.
Early Notables of the Eastlee family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Eastlee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Eastlee family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Eastlee, or a variant listed above: Mary Eastley, who arrived in Virginia in 1719. The is an Easley family prominent in Missouri.