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The Esterland surname comes from any of many places so named in Old English.

Early Origins of the Esterland family

The surname Esterland was first found in Kent where Simon de Estlande was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1198. [1]

Early History of the Esterland family

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Esterland Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Esterland are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Esterland include: Estland, Esterland, Esterland, Estland and others.

Early Notables of the Esterland family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Esterland family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Esterland or a variant listed above: Jno Eastland, who settled in Virginia in 1664; as well as Charles Eastland, Edward Eastland, and George Eastland, who were all on record in the census of Ontario, Canada in 1871..

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook