The English name Esterbrooks 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 Esterbrooks family
The surname Esterbrooks 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 Esterbrooks family
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Esterbrooks Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Esterbrooks has appeared include Eastbrook, Eastbrooke, Estabrooke, Easterbrook, Estbrook, Estbrooke, Eastbroke, Estabroke, Eastabroke, Estabroke and many more.
Early Notables of the Esterbrooks family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Esterbrooks family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Esterbrooks Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. James Esterbrooks U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X