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Where did the English Eastman family come from? What is the English Eastman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Eastman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Eastman family history?

The name Eastman was formed many centuries ago by the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name typically given to a person who was of grace or favorable protection. The surname Eastman originally derived from the Old English word Eastmund which referred to grace. The surname Eastman belongs to a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames. Nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal.


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Eastman include Eastman, Eastmunt, Esmund, Estman, Yeastman, Eestman, Eastmun, Eastmen, Eastmin and many more.

First found in Suffolk, England, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eastman research. Another 209 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1086 and 1285 are included under the topic Early Eastman History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Eastman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Eastman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Eastman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Roger Eastman, who settled in Massachusetts in 1636
  • Roger Eastman, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1638
  • Mary Eastman, who immigrated to Maryland in 1671
  • James Eastman, who arrived in Barbados in 1679
  • John Eastman, who came to Salisbury, Massachusetts in 1691

Eastman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Eastman, who immigrated to Virginia in 1771
  • Abel Eastman, who came to Mississippi in 1788
  • Abel Eastman, who landed in Mississippi in 1799

Eastman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adolph Eastman, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1843
  • Sherman Eastman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • W W Eastman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • M Eastman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • F Eastman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Eastman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Benjamin Eastman U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. Benjamin Eastman U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. David Eastman U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Penobscot Association
  • Mr. Nadab Eastman U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784

Eastman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Cordelia Eastman, who was recorded in the 1871 census of Ontario

Eastman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Eastman, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • George Eastman, English Convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Thomas Eastman, aged 30, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"
  • James Eastman, aged 13, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Carnatic"

Eastman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • T. Eastman arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Escocesa" in 1876


  • Linda Louise Eastman (1941-1998), Lady McCartney, an American photographer, musician, and animal rights activist, former wife of Sir Paul McCartney
  • Marilyn Eastman (b. 1927), American actress
  • Max Forrester Eastman, socialist American writer
  • Arthur Eastman, American educator
  • George Eastman (1854-1932), American founder of the Eastman Kodak Company, inventor of roll of film
  • Carole Eastman (1934-2004), American Academy Award nominated screenwriter
  • Charles Alexander Eastman (1858-1939), Native American physician, writer, national lecturer, and reformer, one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America
  • John H. Eastman (1861-1938), American businessman and politician, Mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana (1910-1914)
  • Kevin Brooks Eastman (b. 1962), American comic book artist and writer, best known as the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Lee Eastman (1910-1991), born Leopold Vail Epstein, American business attorney, and art collector, father of Linda Eastman, former wife of Paul McCartney



  • The Eastmans from Lockport, New York by Peter M. Rinaldo.
  • The Puritan Ancestors, in America, of Georgia Ann Eastman, Mrs. William Morris Bennett by Russell White Bennett.

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The Eastman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eastman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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