Esterly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Esterly family
The surname Esterly was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1494 where the surname held a family seat at East Newton.
Early History of the Esterly family
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Esterly Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Esterly have been found, including Esterly, Esterleigh, Esterley, Easterly, Easterley, Esterlys, Esterllis, Esterlis, Asterley, Estely, Esteley, Astely, Asterleigh, Easterleigh, Asterlie, Aysterly and many more.
Early Notables of the Esterly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Esterly family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Esterly, or a variant listed above: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.
Contemporary Notables of the name Esterly (post 1700) +
- Henry Minor Esterly (b. 1873), American Democrat politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from Oregon, 1914 
- Charles Joseph Esterly (1888-1940), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1920; Member of Pennsylvania Republican State Committee, 1923-24 
- Charles Joseph Esterly, Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
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