Early Origins of the Esday family
The surname Esday was first found in Kent
at Eastry, a civil parish and ancient Saxon village that dates back to at least the 9th century when it was listed as Eastorege. By the time of the Domesday Book
of 1086, the place name had evolved to Estrei CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "eastern district or region," from the Old English words "easter" + "ge." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
According to legend, the royal palace of the Saxon kings of Kent
stood here. Another legend claim that King Ecgberht of Kent
(died c. 673) had his cousins Aethelred and Aethelberht killed within the palace walls. And another story claims Thomas Becket hid in Eastry's caves during his escape in 1164.
Early History of the Esday family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Esday research.Another 265 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1106, 1432, 1455, 1487, 1634, 1692, 1640, 1692 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Esday History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Esday Spelling Variations
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 Esday include Eastday, Eastdye, Eastdai, Estday, Estdye and others.
Early Notables of the Esday family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Mary Towne Eastey (also spelled Esty, Easty, Estey, or Estye) (1634-1692), born Mary Towne in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
, she and her family... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Esday Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Esday family to the New World and Oceana
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: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..