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Estcourt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Estcourt history begins in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. Quite distinct from Devon, the adjoining county, Cornwall had its own spoken language until the late 18th century. The Estcourt history began here. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames were derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. The Estcourt family originally lived in Cornwall. Their name, however, translates as the dweller at the eastern cottage, and indicates that the original bearer lived in such a place.

Early Origins of the Estcourt family

The surname Estcourt was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Estcourt family

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Estcourt Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Estcourt, Estcott, Estcotte, Eastcourt, Escott and many more.

Early Notables of the Estcourt family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was 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...
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Migration of the Estcourt family to the New World and Oceana

Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Estcourt or a variant listed above: Thomas Escott who settled in Virginia in 1680.

Contemporary Notables of the name Estcourt (post 1700)

  • 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)
  • Edgar Edmund Estcourt M.A., (1816-1884), English prelate, canon of St. Chad's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Birmingham
  • Charlotte "Charlie" Estcourt (b. 1998), English footballer, member of the Wales National Team (2015-)
  • James Bucknall Bucknall Estcourt (1803-1855), British major-general and politician
  • 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)
  • Thomas H. Sotheron- Estcourt (1801-1876), British Conservative Party politician, Home Secretary in 1859
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