Show ContentsEustis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 Eustis 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.

While the majority of the family emigrated to England and then many to Ireland, but not all as we found the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists William Eustachius in Normandy 1198. [1]

"The family, settled in Ireland under Henry II., were of Norman descent." [2]

Early Origins of the Eustis family

The surname Eustis 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.

Eustace (died 1215) was Bishop of Ely, ecclesiastic and statesman. "He secured the confidence of Henry I and of Richard I. He became vice-chancellor and keeper of the royal seal, and ultimately chancellor. He was also Dean of Salisbury. At that period all the chief posts in the church of York and its suffragan sees were, as a rule, employed to provide for royal officials. During the suspension of Geoffrey, Archbishop of York, by the Pope, in 1195, Richard appointed Eustace in 1196, Treasurer of York, on the death of Bouchard de Puiset, and in the same year gave him the enormous and lucrative archdeaconry of Richmond." [3]

While the majority of the family are from Ireland, we need to take a moment again to explore the English side of the story. Here the family come from "Fitz Eustace et Eustacy, presumably Eustace. Two great Barons of this name are entered in Domesday ; Eustachius Comes, the Count of Boulogne (see Abbeville), and Eustachius Vicecomes, the Sheriff of Huntingdon, whose 'evil deeds,' according to Freeman, 'stand out clearly in the Survey. In the entries of Eustace's own lands, we find English owners, and also the Countess Judith, complaining of his seizures.' This Eustace, who founded a small Priory at Huntingdon, is called by Camden Eustace de Lovetoft, though he does not appear in the pedigree given by Hunter of the Hallamshire Lovetots." [4]

Indeed there is more. For the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include: Adam filius Eustace, Cambridgeshire; Henry filius Ewstace, Huntingdonshire; and Richard Eustase, Cambridgeshire. [5]

Early History of the Eustis family

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Eustis Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Eustis family (pre 1700)

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 judge; Sir Maurice Eustace, 1st Baronet (died 1693) of Castle Martin, County Kildare; Maurice Eustace (d. 1581), an Irish...
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United States Eustis migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Eustis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Eustis, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Jam Eustis, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [6]
  • William Eustis, who landed in Massachusetts in 1674 [6]
Eustis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Eustis, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [6]
Eustis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Eustis, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [6]
  • Tobias Eustis, who arrived in New York in 1846 [6]
  • L Eustis, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Eustis (post 1700) +

  • William Henry Eustis (1845-1928), American Republican politician, Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1893-95; Candidate for Governor of Minnesota, 1898; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1908 [7]
  • William F. Eustis, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maine 2nd District, 1906; Prohibition Candidate for Mayor of Portland, Maine, 1909 [7]
  • William Eustis (1753-1825), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Secretary of War, 1809-13; U.S. Minister to Netherlands, 1814-18; Governor of Massachusetts, 1823-25 [7]
  • Warren Eustis, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1964 [7]
  • Laurance Eustis Jr., American Democratic Party politician, Member of Louisiana State House of Representatives, 1950 [7]
  • James Biddle Eustis (1834-1899), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Louisiana State Senate, 1874; U.S. Senator from Louisiana, 1876-79, 1885-91; U.S. Ambassador to France, 1893-97 [7]
  • George Eustis Jr. (1828-1872), American politician, Representative from Louisiana 1st District, 1855-59 [7]
  • William Eustis Russell (1857-1896), American politician, governor of Massachusetts (1891-1894)
  • Charles Eustis Bohlen (1904-1974), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Soviet Union, 1953-57; Philippines, 1957-59; France, 1962-68 [8]
  • Laurence Eustis Salisbury (b. 1894), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Kobe, 1922-24; Nagasaki, 1924-25; U.S. Consul in Nagasaki, 1925; Kobe, 1925-26 [8]

RMS Titanic
  • Miss Elizabeth Mussey Eustis, aged 54, American First Class passenger from Brookline, Massachusetts who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 4 [9]

The Eustis Motto +

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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  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  5. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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