East Surname Genealogy

The four points
of the compass
transposed in England into
surnames. Of these, East was the third most popular. East
and Este were early name
variations. Este is also the name of a long-established European dynastic
from Italy.

East Resources on

East Ancestry

The first East surname, like the first West surname, was recorded in
the county of Essex. And Easts, just like Wests, were fairly
numerous in Lincolnshire. William Este was a master mason from
Abingdon, Oxfordshire around the year 1500 and the East name was
conspicuous in
and Buckinghamshire, as well as in London.

Thomas East was a prominent music publisher in London during
Elizabethan times, the subject of Jeremy Smith’s book Thomas East and Music Publishing in
Renaissance England
; and his nephew Michael a well-known
organist and composer of his day. William East, a London lawyer,
built Hall Place near Maidenhead in 1735 which the family held for the
next hundred years.

America. Thomas East was
living in
Henrico county, Virginia in the 1670’s and possibly earlier. His descendants were to be found by the 1740’s
in Pittsylvania county in southern Virginia and they later spread
the South. There were many James among these
Easts, including James
East, one of the early settlers in Illinois

Caribbean. Captain John
East was active in the conquest of Jamaica in the 1660’s and obtained
an estate there. A descendant Edward Hyde East, born in
served as a judge in India in the early 1800’s and was created a

East Miscellany

If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:

East Names

Thomas East was a prominent music publisher in London during
Elizabethan times.
Alfred East
was a popular English painter of his day.
died in 1913.

Select Easts Today

  • 10,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in Dorset)
  • 4,000 in America (most numerous in Texas)
  • 5,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Canada)




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