Estabrooks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The English name Estabrooks 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."

Early Origins of the Estabrooks family

The surname Estabrooks 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 (1042-1066). [1] 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.

Important Dates for the Estabrooks family

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Estabrooks Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Estabrooks has been recorded under many different variations, including Eastbrook, Eastbrooke, Estabrooke, Easterbrook, Estbrook, Estbrooke, Eastbroke, Estabroke, Eastabroke, Estabroke and many more.

Early Notables of the Estabrooks family (pre 1700)

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Estabrooks migration to the United States

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Estabrooks or a variant listed above:

Estabrooks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John A. Estabrooks, aged 34, originally from Rome, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Werra" from Genoa, Italy [2]
  • John A. Estabrooks, aged 44, originally from Southampton, arrived in New York in 1897 aboard the ship "Saint Louis" from Southampton, England [3]
Estabrooks Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Albert Estabrooks, aged 55, arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [4]
  • Jane Estabrooks, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Saint Louis" from Cherbourg, France [5]
  • George Hoben Estabrooks, aged 28, originally from Oxford, England, arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Southampton, England [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Estabrooks (post 1700)

  • George Hoben Estabrooks (1895-1973), Canadian-American psychologist, a Rhodes Scholar, chairman of the Department of Psychology at Colgate University
  • Jonathan Estabrooks (b. 1983), Canadian baritone, record producer, executive producer and graduate of the Juilliard School

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Citations

  1. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J61M-FMP : 6 December 2014), John A. Estabrooks, 17 Apr 1893; citing departure port Genoa, arrival port New York, ship name Werra, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXWV-2TT : 6 December 2014), John A. Estabrooks, 13 Feb 1897; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Saint Louis, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXGJ-DM8 : 6 December 2014), John Albert Estabrooks, 14 Mar 1908; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNRG-2M9 : 6 December 2014), Jane Estabrooks, 18 Dec 1913; citing departure port Cherbourg, France, arrival port New York, ship name Saint Louis, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNC9-CX7 : 6 December 2014), George Hoben Estabrooks, 27 Jun 1924; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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