Easton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

in parishes by the name of Easton in Suffolk, Wiltshire, Essex, Somerset and Leicester. [1]

Early Origins of the Easton family

The surname Easton was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times. The name was derived from the practice of the naming of the east "ton" or part of the village. It first appeared in the Domesday Book in Norfolk and Lincolnshire in the year 1086 A.D as Edstan and Estan. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had the following three entries for the family: Alan de Eston, Oxfordshire; Ranulph de Eston, Huntingdonshire; and Geoffrey de Eston, Norfolk. [3] Walter de Eston, was vicar of Tyrington, Norfolk, c. 1460. [4]

In Somerset, the first record of the family was Philip atte Estone, 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [5]

Again in Somerset, the Subsidy Rolls of 1327 listed Philip atte Estone as holding lands there at that time. [6]

Adam Easton (d. 1397), was an early English cardinal, "born of humble parentage, perhaps at Easton, six or seven miles north-west of Norwich, at which city he entered the Benedictine order. He studied at Oxford, became doctor in theology, and was famous for his attainments both in Greek and Hebrew." [7]

Further to the north in Scotland, the family is "probably from Easton near Dolphinton, Peeblesshire. There is another Easton near Bathgate, West Lothian. Johannes de Eistoun witnessed a charter by Petrus de Morthingtoun at Lamhertoun, c. 1270. " [8]

Early History of the Easton family

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Easton Spelling Variations

The name, Easton, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Easton, Eastone, Eastown, Eastton, Eastoun, Eastowne, Easttone and many more.

Early Notables of the Easton family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Nicholas Easton (c. 1593-1675), English settler to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1634, an early colonial President and Governor of Rhode Island; John Easton (1624-1705), 15th Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (1690-1695); and Charles Eyston (1667-1721), an English antiquary. Bernard Eyston (1628-1709), was a Franciscan friar, called in religion Bernard à Sancto Francisco, was a younger son of William Eyston, esq., of East Hendred, Berkshire. Charles Eyston (1667-1721), was an English antiquary, eldest son of George Eyston, esq., of East Hendred, Berkshire. [7] Peter Easton (c. 1570-1620?) was...
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United States Easton migration to the United States +

The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Easton surname who came to North America were:

Easton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Easton who purchased land in New England in 1620
  • Nicholas Easton, who settled in Newport Rhode Island in 1630
  • Mrs. Easton, who settled in Massachusetts in 1633
  • Nicholas Easton, who arrived in America in 1633 [9]
  • Joseph Easton, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1635 [9]
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Easton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Easton, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [9]
  • John Easton, who settled in Maryland in 1719
  • Coln Easton, who landed in New York in 1797 [9]
Easton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Easton, who landed in New York in 1822 [9]
  • William Easton, who settled in New Orleans in 1823
  • Ephraim Easton, who landed in New York in 1833 [9]
  • Frederick Easton, who arrived in New York in 1844 [9]
  • Grace Easton, who landed in New York, NY in 1845 [9]
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Canada Easton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Easton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mary Easton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Robert Easton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Benjamin Easton U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [10]
Easton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Easton, who arrived in Canada in 1831

Australia Easton migration to Australia +

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

Easton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Easton, Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 14 years, transported aboard the "Henry Tanner" on 27th June 1834, settling in New South Wales, Australia [11]
  • Mr. Thomas Easton, Scottish convict who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 14 years, transported aboard the "Henry Tanner" on 27th June 1834, settling in New South Wales, Australia [11]
  • Mr. James Easton, Scottish convict who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 11th March 1837, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [12]
  • Daniel Easton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1840 [13]
  • Caroline Easton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1840 [13]
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New Zealand Easton 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:

Easton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Easton, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [14]
  • Mrs. Easton, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [14]
  • Mr. Samuel Easton, (b. 1812), aged 50, English book binder from Yorkshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd May 1862 [15]
  • Miss Ann Easton, (b. 1847), aged 15, English domestic servant from Yorkshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd May 1862 [15]
  • Mr. George Easton, (b. 1854), aged 8, English settler from Yorkshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd May 1862 [15]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Easton (post 1700) +

  • Roger L Easton (b. 1921), American scientist, principal inventor and designer of the Global Positioning System (GPS), awarded the National Medal of Technology by George W. Bush, inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2010
  • Daryl Easton (1955-2017), known professionally as Daryl, an American magician based in Las Vegas, known as "The Magician's Magician"
  • Amos Easton (1905-1968), American blues musician better known as Bumble Bee Slim
  • John Richard Easton (1933-2019), Canadian actor, best known for his portrayal of Brian Hammond in the 1970s BBC serial The Brothers
  • Brian Easton (b. 1943), New Zealand economist
  • Robert Easton (1898-1987), British bass singer and teacher
  • Lieutenant Jack Maynard Cholmondeley Easton GC (1906-1994), British officer awarded the George Cross for his gallantry in defusing a bomb which had fallen on Hoxton, in the East End of London, during the Blitz on the 17th of October 1940
  • David Easton (b. 1917), Canadian political scientist
  • Sheena Easton (b. 1959), Scottish recording artist
  • Ansel Easton Adams (1902-1984), American photographer and environmentalist, best known for his black-and-white photographs of the American West and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom [16]

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. George Eric Easton (b. 1920), English Supply Assistant from Plymouth, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [17]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Francis Easton (1922-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [18]


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  9. ^ 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)
  10. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  11. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/henry-tanner
  12. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  13. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Eliza.htm
  14. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  15. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  16. ^ Ansel Adams. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Ansel Adams. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ansel_Adams
  17. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  18. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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