Este History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The origins of the Este name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the area of the town or village that was in the east. The surname originated in the southern counties of Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Essex.
However, another source claims the name could have been Norman in origin as the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae list Amelot Best, or D'Est, was from Normandy in 1195. 
Early Origins of the Este family
The surname Este was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from very early times in the town of Colchester. One of the first records of the name was Amelot Best, or D'Est, in Normandy in 1195.  But by the 13th century, the name was scattered throughout Britain with various spellings. The Hunderdorum Rolls of 1273 lists: Robert del Est in Cambridgeshire; Richard Est in Lincolnshire; and Geoffrey Est and Emma ate Estend in Oxfordshire. 
There were two baronetcies created for persons with the surname East. The first was for William East of Hall Place who was High Sheriff of Berkshire in 1766. That title became extinct in 1828 with the death of the 2nd Baronet. The second was Edward Hyde East of Calcutta, India in 1823. He was Member of Parliament for Great Bedwyn (1792-1796) and Winchester (1823-1831.) And that title became extinct upon the death of the 2nd Baronet in 1878.
Through the female side Mary, daughter of Sir William East, 1st Baronet, of Hall Place married Sir East George Clayton to become baronets of Hall Place, Maidenhead in 1838.
Important Dates for the Este family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Este research. Another 192 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1196, 1297, 1200, 1300, 1675, 1776, 1540, 1608, 1602 and 1696 are included under the topic Early Este History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Este Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Este were recorded, including East, Easte, Est, Eyst, Eyste and others.
Early Notables of the Este family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir William East; Thomas East (also spelt Est, Este, and Easte) (1540?-1608?), an English printer specializing in music printing...
Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Este Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Este family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Este family emigrate to North America: Richard East who landed with his family in Virginia in 1623; Francis East settled in Tobago, on one of the southern islands, and Benjamin East landed in Pennsylvania in 1682..
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