Estovay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Estovay family

The surname Estovay was first found in Yorkshire where "Robert de Estoteville, became feudal lord of Cottingham in Yorkshire, and was succeeded there-in by his son, also named Robert, who added to his inheritance the lordship of Schypwic, in the name county, by marriage with Eneburga, a Saxon heiress." [1]

From this union, they had three sons: I. Robert, ancestor of the Lords of Cottingham, extinct in the male line temp. Henry III.; II. Osmund, progenitor of the Stutevilles of Dalham-hall, Suffolk, one of whom, Sir Martin Stuteville, served as sheriff of that county 10 James I.; and III. Patrick, who, receiving from his father the lands of Skipwith, assumed his name there-from, and founded the great house of Skipwith of Skipwith, now represented by Sir Gray Skipwith, Bart., of Prestwould, co. Leicester. " [1]

Early History of the Estovay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Estovay research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1394, 1415, 1487, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Estovay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Estovay Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Estovay family name include Estoteville, Estoville, Ettoville, Estovile, Etovile, Etoville, Estotteville, Estotevile, Estovy and many more.

Early Notables of the Estovay family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Estovay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Estovay family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Estovay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.


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