The surname Esplin was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 12th century when Absolon, son of Apsolon, held estates in that shire in 1199.
Early History of the Esplin family
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Esplin 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 Esplin include Absolom, Absalom, Absalon, Absolon, Apsolon, Apslom, Abslom, Asplin, Aspenlon, Aspland, Asplen, Aspling, Aspenlon and many more.
Early Notables of the Esplin family (pre 1700)
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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:
Esplin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
George Esplin, aged 24, originally from Glasgow, Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Glasgow, Scotland
Williamina Esplin, aged 30, originally from Arbroath, Scotland, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England
Magdalene Esplin, aged 38, originally from Abroath, Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Glasgow, Scotland
Catherine Esplin, aged 56, originally from Glasgow, Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Glasgow, Scotland
Ronald Kent "Ron" Esplin (b. 1944), American managing editor of The Joseph Smith Papers project, former director of the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History at Brigham Young University
Roger M. Esplin, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Arizona, 1992 
Cheryl Asay Esplin (b. 1944), American counselor in the general presidency of the Primary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint (2010-2016)
Mabel Esplin (1874-1921), English stained glass artist, known for her three mural panels at Christ Church in Spitalfields in the East End of London
Lieutenant Christopher J. Esplin Jones, British Royal Navy, member of the Royal Navy Hydrographic Survey Unit (1962–1963), eponym of the Esplin Islands, Antarctica