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Esdale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The first people to use the distinguished Esdale family name were found in the Barony of Estaile, in France.

Early Origins of the Esdale family

The surname Esdale was first found in Dumfriesshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Esdale family

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Esdale Spelling Variations

Huguenot surnames were only slightly Anglicized, and they remain to this day a distinct group of surnames in England. Nevertheless, Huguenot surnames have been subject to numerous spelling alterations since the names emerged in France. French surnames have a variety of spelling variations because the French language has changed drastically over the centuries. French was developed from the vernacular Latin of the Roman Empire. It is divided into three historic and linguistic periods: Old French, which developed before the 14th century; Middle French, which was used between the 14th and 16th centuries; and Modern French, which was used after the 16th century and continues to be in use today. In all of these periods, the French language was heavily influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when the barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heaviliy from the Italian language during the Renaissance. Huguenot names have numerous variations. The name may be spelled Esdale, Easdaile, Esdaile, Eskdale, Esdell, Esdel, Estdale and many more.

Early Notables of the Esdale family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Esdale family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Esdale Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Charles Esdale, who arrived in Canada in 1820

Esdale Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Esdale, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857

Contemporary Notables of the name Esdale (post 1700)

  • Paul Esdale (b. 1979), Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman

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