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When the Anglo- Normans began to settle in Ireland, they initially ignored the established Gaelic system for developing of patronymic names, and relied on their own traditional naming practices. Eventually, however, the two differing customs drew upon one another to some degree. The Anglo- Normans, unlike their Gaelic neighbors, frequently used nickname surnames. These Anglo-Norman nicknames were frequently of two types: "oath names" and "imperative names." Oath names often carried blessings or were formed from habitual expressions. Imperative names, formed from a verb added to a noun or an adverb, metaphorically described the bearer's occupations. The nick name surname Estes is derived from a nickname for a Iustas, indicating a fruitful person. This perhaps refers to someone with many offspring, or with extraordinary agricultural or material wealth. The Latin form Eustachius was originally derived from a Greek word which means fruitful.

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The surname Estes was first found in Kildare (Irish:Cill Dara), ancient homeland of the Kildare based Uí Dúnlainge (Kings of Leinster), located in the Province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Eustace, Eustice, Eustes, Eustach, Eustis and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Estes research. Another 427 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1014, 1454, 1585, 1480, 1549, 1st , 1505, 1578, 1580, 1590, 1665, 1st , 1693, 1581 and 1665 are included under the topic Early Estes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prominent amongst the family at this time was Thomas Eustace ( c. 1480-1549), 1st Viscount Baltinglass; his son Rowland Eustace (1505-1578), 2nd Viscount Baltinglass; James Eustace 3rd Viscount Baltinglass who defeated Lord Gray in 1580; Sir Maurice Eustace (c.1590-1665), an Irish politician and...

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Estes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Estes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Matthew Estes, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1676

Estes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jean Estes, who came to New York in 1832
  • Jane Estes, who arrived in New York, NY in 1832
  • Elisabethe Estes, who settled in New York in 1832
  • Cretiers Estes, who settled in New York in 1832
  • J. M. Estes, who settled in New Orleans in 1850
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Estes Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Louisa Estes, who arrived in Kansas in 1900

Estes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Estes, who came to Ontario in 1871
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  • Will Estes (b. 1978), born William Estes Nipper, an American actor best known for his role as JJ Pryor, on the television show American Dreams
  • Joel Estes, American who founded the community of Estes Park, Colorado in 1859
  • William Kaye Estes (1919-2011), American psychologist
  • Vernon "Vern" Estes (b. 1930), American founder of Estes Industries, the model rocket production company in Penrose, Colorado
  • Simon Estes (b. 1938), African-American operatic bass-baritone
  • Aaron Shawn Estes (b. 1973), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Patrick Brion Estes (b. 1983), American NFL football offensive tackle
  • Addie G. Estes, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1924
  • Charles Estes, American politician, Mayor of Augusta, Georgia, 1870-76
  • Craig Estes, American Republican politician, Member of Texas State Senate 30th District; Elected 2002, 2004; Elected unopposed 2008; Elected 2012
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  • Carey-Estes Genealogy by May Folk Webb.
  • The Estes Family of Virginia, Southern Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas and Their Ancestor Families-Yates, Marshall, Stockton by Lucille Alexander.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Cur me persequeris?
Motto Translation: Why persecutest thou me?.

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    Other References

    1. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    8. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    9. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Estes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Estes Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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