Eshleman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Eshleman has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was of grace or favorable protection. The surname Eshleman originally derived from the Old English word Eastmund which referred to grace. The surname Eshleman 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.

Early Origins of the Eshleman family

The surname Eshleman was first found in Suffolk, England, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Important Dates for the Eshleman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eshleman research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1086 and 1285 are included under the topic Early Eshleman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eshleman Spelling Variations

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 Eshleman have been found, including Eastman, Eastmunt, Esmund, Estman, Yeastman, Eestman, Eastmun, Eastmen, Eastmin and many more.

Early Notables of the Eshleman family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Eshleman family to Ireland

Some of the Eshleman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Eshleman family

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 Eshleman, or a variant listed above: Roger Eastman, who settled in Massachusetts in 1636; Mary Eastman, who immigrated to Maryland in 1671; James Eastman, who arrived in Barbados in 1679.

Contemporary Notables of the name Eshleman (post 1700)

  • John M. Eshleman (1876-1916), American Republican politician, Member of California State Assembly 52nd District; Elected 1906; Lieutenant Governor of California, 1915-16 [1]
  • Elizabeth Ledgett Eshleman (d. 1961), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for California, 1924 [1]
  • Edwin Duing Eshleman (1920-1985), American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1954-66; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 16th District, 1967-77 [1]
  • Dudley Eshleman, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Washington at-large, 1906 [1]

Historic Events for the Eshleman family

Flight TWA 800
  • Mr. Dougas A. Eshleman (1961-1996), aged 35, from Aurora, Colorado, USA,American off-duty TWA employee flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; he died in the crash [2]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from
  2. ^ The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from
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