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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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • William Espy, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • George espy, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Jane Espy, aged 20, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • David Espy, who landed in Mississippi in 1835 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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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
  • Cecil Espy (b. 1963), American Major League Baseball player
  • Henry D. Espy, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1948 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • G. Andrews Espy, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 1st District, 1946 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Ben Espy, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2000 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Arthur Espy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1944 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (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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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  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.

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