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The distinguished and ancient surname Estep is of two possible origins. Firstly, it is derived from "Easthope," the name of a village located in Shropshire, on the Welsh border. Alternatively, the name is Old English in origin, deriving from the word "esthop," meaning "dweller in the eastern valley." 
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. Estep has been recorded under many different variations, including Easthop, Esthop, Estep, Estop, Estap, Estope, Esthope and many more.
First found in County Suffolk, where William del Estope was living in 1185. In this instance, the name was likely derived from the Old English word "esthop." A later bearer was John de Esthop, who was listed in the Rotuli Hundredorum of Shropshire in 1275.  It is likely that in this case, the name was derived from the name of the village of Easthope in Shropshire.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Estep research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1603 and 1841 are included under the topic Early Estep History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Estep Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 Estep or a variant listed above:
Estep Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Estep, who emigrated from Middlesex to Maryland in 1684
Estep Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Evan Estep, aged 43, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
- Rita G Estep, aged 41, who emigrated to America, in 1907
- Arthur C. Estep, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912
- Edith Estep, aged 45, who settled in America, in 1912
- Harvey Cole Estep, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1921
- William Roscoe Estep (1920-2000), American Baptist historian and professor
- Preston W. Estep III, American biologist
- Maggie Estep (1962-2014), American poet and writer
- Joanna Estep, American illustrator, writer and cartoonist
- Merlin Estep, American Republican politician, Candidate for Oregon State Attorney General, 1964
- Lloyd J. Estep, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Christian County; Elected 1954; Candidate in primary for Missouri State Senate 29th District, 1964
- Kathleen M. Estep, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1996, 2000
- Joseph H. Estep, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 11th District, 1853-54
- J. M. Estep, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1876
- Harry Allison Estep (1884-1968), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1920, 1944; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 35th District, 1927-33
- The Estep/Eastep Genealogy Estep/Eastep/Estepp/Esteb/Eastepp/Eastup by Jane Farrell Burgess.
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The Estep Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Estep Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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