Estovey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Estovey family

The surname Estovey 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 Estovey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Estovey 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 Estovey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Estovey 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 Estovey 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. The variations of the name Estovey include: Estoteville, Estoville, Ettoville, Estovile, Etovile, Etoville, Estotteville, Estotevile, Estovy and many more.

Early Notables of the Estovey family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Estovey 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 Estovey or a variant listed above: 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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