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The distinguished surname Espy is derived from the place named "Esply," in county Northumberland. The place name in turn is derived from the Old English "aespe," meaning "aspen," and "leah," meaning "wood" or "clearing." Thus, the surname indicates "one from Esply" or "one dwelling by the aspen wood."

Espy Early Origins



The surname Espy was first found in Northern England, where the village of Esply was once located. It was a common practice during medieval times to refer to a new resident of a city by the name of his hometown; thus, it is likely that the progenitor of the name Espy was a native of Esply who had settled in another city.

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Espy Spelling Variations


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Espy Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Espley, Esply, Espey, Espy, Esplin and others.

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Espy Early History


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Espy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Espy research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1564, 1678, 1785, 1838, and 1860 are included under the topic Early Espy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Espy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Espy Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst bearers of this family name during their early history was Samuel Espy (d. 1838), who served the Continental Army as a militia officer during the American Revolution, and James Espy (1785-1860)...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Espy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Espy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Espy, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811
  • William Espy, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • George espy, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Jane Espy, aged 20, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • David Espy, who landed in Mississippi in 1835

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Contemporary Notables of the name Espy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Espy (post 1700)



  • Willard R. Espy (1910-1999), American editor, philologist, writer, and poet
  • William Gray Espy (b. 1948), American actor, best known for roles in "The Young and the Restless" and "Another World "
  • Alphonso Michael "Mike" Espy (b. 1953), American politician, first African American Secretary of Agriculture from 1993 to 1994
  • James Pollard "the Storm King" Espy (1785-1860), American meteorologist
  • Duane Espy, American baseball coach
  • Henry D. Espy, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1948
  • G. Andrews Espy, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 1st District, 1946
  • Ben Espy, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2000
  • Arthur Espy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1944
  • Albert Michael Espy (b. 1953), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Mississippi 2nd District, 1987-93; U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1993
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    11. ...

    The Espy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Espy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 13 July 2016 at 15:13.

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