Show ContentsEstcourt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Estcourt date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Estcourt family lived in Bedfordshire. Their name, however, translates as the dweller at the eastern cottage, and indicates that the original bearer lived in such a place. [1]

Early Origins of the Estcourt family

The surname Estcourt was first found in Bedfordshire, where Gundwinus de Estcota was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1190. [2] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Richard de Estcott, Wiltshire; and Hugh de Estcote, Cambridgeshire. [3]

Later the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex listed Robert atte Estcote in 1327. [2]

Eastcourt is a hamlet, in the parish of Crudwell, union and hundred of Malmesbury, Malmesbury and Kingswood divisions of Wiltshire [4] and there are at least three villages name Eastcott (Wiltshire (2), Middlesex.) The oldest was Eastcourt, Wiltshire which dates back to Saxon times when it was known as Escote. Eastcott, Wiltshire dates back to 1167 and it was known as Estcota at that time. [5]

Early History of the Estcourt family

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Estcourt Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Estcourt are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Estcourt include: Estcourt, Estcott, Estcotte, Eastcourt, Escott and many more.

Early Notables of the Estcourt family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas Estcourt (c. 1570-1624), an English lawyer and politician, High Sheriff of Gloucestershire in 1607, Member of Parliament for Gloucestershire in 1624; Sir Edward Estcourt of Salisbury; Richard Estcourt (1668-1712), an early English actor, active playing comedy parts in Dublin; and Sir Giles Estcourt, 1st Baronet (c. 1601-1668), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1628 to 1629, supporter of the Royalist cause in the English Civil War. He was from Newton in the County of Wiltshire and his descendants include: Sir Giles Estcourt, 2nd Baronet (died c. 1676); and...
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Australia Estcourt migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Estcourt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Estcourt who was convicted in Hertford, Hertfordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Elizabeth" on 3rd October 1831, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Estcourt (post 1700) +

  • Edgar Edmund Estcourt M.A., (1816-1884), English prelate, canon of St. Chad's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Birmingham [7]
  • Charlotte "Charlie" Estcourt, English footballer, member of the Wales National Team (2015-)
  • Thomas Grimston Estcourt (1775-1853), of New Park, near Devizes, Wiltshire, an English politician, Member of Parliament for Devizes (1805–1826) and for Oxford University (1826–1847)
  • Thomas Henry Sutton Sotheron- Estcourt PC DL JP (1801-1876), British Conservative politician, the eldest son of Thomas Grimston Bucknall Estcourt of Estcourt, Gloucestershire, M.P. for Devizes from 1805 to 1826, and for the University of Oxford from 1827 to 1847 [7]
  • James Bucknall Bucknall Estcourt (1803-1855), British major-general and politician, son of Thomas Grimston Bucknall Estcourt, M.P., and younger brother of Thomas Henry Sutton Sotheron Estcourt [7]
  • Nick Estcourt (1942-1978), British climber who was killed on K2 by an avalanche on the West Ridge route
  • Justice Stephen Peter Estcourt (b. 1953), Australian jurist, Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of Tasmania since April 2013
  • Arthur Charles Sotheron Estcourt MC (1893-1918), British soldier of the First World War who was awarded the Military Cross for his actions in September 1916
  • Noël Sidney Dudley Estcourt (b. 1929), Rhodesian sportsman who played international rugby union for England and first-class cricket (1953-1954)
  • Thomas E. Sotheron- Estcourt (1881-1958), British Conservative Member of Parliament (1931–1935)
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  1. Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th March 2022). Retrieved from
  7. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook