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 Ewstock 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.
Early Origins of the Ewstock family
The surname Ewstock 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.
Early History of the Ewstock family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ewstock 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 Ewstock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ewstock Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Eustace, Eustice, Eustes, Eustach, Eustis and others.
Early Notables of the Ewstock 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... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ewstock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ewstock family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Mary Eustace who settled in New England
in 1724; Edward, Mary, Patrick, Robert and Thomas Eustace who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865.
The Ewstock 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?.