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The English name Estabrook is topographic in origin; that is, it was originally derived from geographic features of the region in which the first bearer of the name lived. The Middle English "Easter," meant "east," and the name meant "someone who lived to the east of the brook."

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The surname Estabrook was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat. The first on record appears to be John le Eastbrook, who is mentioned in a volume called "Kirby's Quest for Somerset," as living in that county during the reign of Edward III, the Confessor (1042-66). The Saxon influence on English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066: the language of the courts was French for the next three centuries, but Saxon names survived.

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Estabrook family name include Eastbrook, Eastbrooke, Estabrooke, Easterbrook, Estbrook, Estbrooke, Eastbroke, Estabroke, Eastabroke, Estabroke and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Estabrook research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1254, 1296 and 1327 are included under the topic Early Estabrook History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Estabrook Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Estabrook surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Estabrook Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Joseph Estabrook, who landed in Massachusetts in 1660

Estabrook Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • W W Estabrook, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

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  • Brigadier-General Merrick Gay Jr. Estabrook (1886-1947), American Commanding Officer Fairfield Air Service Command (1943-1944)
  • James E. Estabrook, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts, 1854; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1876; Postmaster at Worcester, Massachusetts, 1887-91
  • J. B. Estabrook, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1928
  • Henry Estabrook, American politician, Member of University of Nebraska Board of Regents, 1894-96
  • George W. Estabrook, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1868
  • George M. Estabrook, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Hempstead, New York, 1935-40
  • Fred W. Estabrook, American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from New Hampshire, 1908-24; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1912, 1920, 1924
  • Experience Estabrook (1813-1894), American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Walworth County, 1851; U.S. Attorney for Nebraska, 1854-59
  • Charles E. Estabrook, American Republican politician, Wisconsin State Attorney General, 1887-91
  • Carl Estabrook, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 15th District, 2002

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