Show ContentsEsten History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Esten is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Esten family lived in Cheshire, at the Manor of Eastham.

Early Origins of the Esten family

The surname Esten was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Eastham. At the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, a census initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066, Eastham consisted of a village and Mill on the banks of the Mersey and the tenant-in-chief was Earl Hugh, the Earl of Chester who later became the Earl of Carlisle. Eastham was one of many holdings in Cheshire by Earl Hugh and conjecturally the Easthams are descended from a relative or a Norman noble tenant who operated the Mill. Two or three centuries later when the village of Liverpool took shape, there was a ferry from Eastham, a part of the borough of Bebington.

Early History of the Esten family

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Esten Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Eastham, Eastam, Estham, Esteham, Esterham and others.

Early Notables of the Esten family (pre 1700)

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United States Esten migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Esten or a variant listed above:

Esten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Esten, who arrived in New York in 1827 [1]
  • T H Esten, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1872 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Esten (post 1700) +

  • A. Esten Clough, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Tolland, 1912 [2]
  • Esten A. Fletcher (1869-1941), American Republican politician, Lumber business; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1932 [3]
  • Esten William "Bill" Vickroy Jr. (1921-2003), American football player and administrator., inducted into the University of Wisconsin and the NAIA Hall of Fame

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, September 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook