The English name Esterbrooke is topographic in origin; that is, it was originally derived from geographic features of the region in which the first bearer of the name lived. The Middle English "Easter," meant "east," and the name meant "someone who lived to the east of the brook."
Early Origins of the Esterbrooke family
The surname Esterbrooke was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
. The first on record appears to be John le Eastbrook, who is mentioned in a volume called "Kirby's Quest for Somerset
," as living in that county during the reign of Edward III, the Confessor (1042-1066). CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
The Saxon influence on English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066: the language of the courts was French for the next three centuries, but Saxon names survived.
Early History of the Esterbrooke family
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Esterbrooke Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Esterbrooke include Eastbrook, Eastbrooke, Estabrooke, Easterbrook, Estbrook, Estbrooke, Eastbroke, Estabroke, Eastabroke, Estabroke and many more.
Early Notables of the Esterbrooke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Esterbrooke family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Jacob Eastbrooke, a servant who was sent to a plantation in Barbados in 1660; Volintine Easterbrooks, who sailed from Newport, Rhode Island, to Falmouth, Nova Scotia in 1760.