Esterhazy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Esterhazy family name is thought to be habitational, deriving from the name of a now-lost settlement called Esterháza near Dunajská Streda in present day Slovakia.

Early Origins of the Esterhazy family

The surname Esterhazy was first found in southwestern Slovakia, part of the Kingdom of Hungary at the time, where they were low gentry. From 1421 on, they were the owners of a property in Galanta, and Ferenc Zerházy (1563-1594) was elevated to the title of Baron of Galántha. The family further rose in prominence under Count Nikolaus Esterházy (1583-1645) and his son, Prince Paul Esterházy (1635-1713).

Early History of the Esterhazy family

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Esterhazy Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Eszterházy, Esterházy, Esterhazy and others.

Early Notables of the Esterhazy family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name in this era Baron Daniel Esterhazy de Galantha (1585-1654), a Hungarian noble, the founder of the Csesznek branch of the House of Esterhazy; and Pál Esterhazy, Fürst Esterházy von Galantha, (1635-1713), a Hungarian...
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Migration of the Esterhazy family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Josef Esterhazy, who arrived at Ellis Island, New York on Dec. 5, 1899, aboard the "Friesland"; and Paul Esterhazy, who arrived at Ellis Island, New York on Jan 14, 1908 aboard the ".

Contemporary Notables of the name Esterhazy (post 1700) +

  • Márton Esterházy (b. 1956), Hungarian soccer player, member of the national team (1980-1988)
  • Péter Esterházy (b. 1950), Hungarian novelist
  • Count Paul Oscar Esterházy (1831-1912), Hungarian immigration agent, disputed aristocrat, eponym and founder of Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Prince Anton Esterhazy (b. 1936), Hungarian Prince, who lost his legal standing when titles were abolished in that country in 1947
  • Count Móric Esterházy (1881-1960), prime minister of Hungary and one largest landowners in Hungary
  • Prince Paul (Pál Maria Alois Antal Miklós Victor) Esterhazy (1901-1989), Hungarian Prince, who lived through land reform that saw the family lose its fortunes, and was imprisoned in solitary confinement for 15 years
  • Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy (1847-1923), French (Hungarian ancestry) army officer, a traitor and spy for Germany, who had Alfred Dreyfus wrongly accused and convicted
  • Prince Paul Anton Esterhazy (1786-1866), Hungarian prince, diplomat in Austria, Foreign Minister in 1848 on Facebook