East

This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century "east", east, and is topographical for someone who lived in the eastern part of a town or settlement, or outside it to the east. It could also be a regional name for someone who had migrated westwards and was therefore regarded as coming from the east. Other examples of such name are West, North and South. Topographical surname were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages. In the modern idiom the surname can be found recorded as East, Eastes and Este. One William East was an early emigrant to the New World Colonies, leaving the Port of London on the "Paule" in July 1635, bound for Virginia. Recordings from London Church Registers include: the marriage of John East and Margret Gilbert on August 1st 1597, at St. Lawrence, Pountney, and the marriage of Arthur East and Elizabeth Thornely on December 27th 1644, at St. Dunstan's, Stepney. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ralph del Est, which was dated 1196 - 1237, recorded at Colchester, Essex, during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "The Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • East — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda East (en inglés: Este) hace referencia a varios artículos: Contenido 1 Comunicaciones 2 Lugares 2.1 Europa 2.2 América …   Wikipedia Español

  • east — east; east·er·most; east·ern·er; east·ern·ism; east·ern·ize; east·ern·ly; east·ern·most; east·ing; east·lake; east·lin; east·lins; east·most; east·ness; east·ward·ly; east·wards; north·east·er; north·east·ern; north·east·ern·er;… …   English syllables

  • East — ([=e]st), n. [OE. est, east, AS. e[ a]st; akin to D. oost, oosten, OHG. [=o]stan, G. ost, osten, Icel. austr, Sw. ost, Dan. [ o]st, [ o]sten, Lith. auszra dawn, L. aurora (for ausosa), Gr. hw s, e os, a yws, Skr. ushas; cf. Skr. ush to burn, L.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • East — n 1.) the East a) the countries in Asia, especially China and Japan ▪ Martial arts originated in the East. b) the countries in the eastern part of Europe and Central Asia ▪ American relations with the East. c) AmE the part of the US east of the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • east — O.E. east east, easterly, eastward, from P.Gmc. *aus to , *austra east, toward the sunrise (Cf. O.Fris. ast east, aster eastward, Du. oost O.S. ost, O.H.G. ostan, Ger. Ost, O.N. austr from the east ), from PIE …   Etymology dictionary

  • East — Nom Olivier Kponton Naissance 1969 Pays d’origine  France Décès 3  …   Wikipédia en Français

  • east — [ēst] n. [ME est < OE east, akin to Ger osten, ON austr < Gmc base * aust , dawn < IE base * awes , to shine, dawn > L aurora, dawn, aurum, gold] 1. the direction to the right of a person facing north; direction in which sunrise… …   English World dictionary

  • East — East, a. 1. Toward the rising sun; or toward the point where the sun rises when in the equinoctial; as, the east gate; the east border; the east side; the east wind is a wind that blows from the east. [1913 Webster] 2. (Eccl.) Designating, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • east — ► NOUN (the east) 1) the direction towards the point of the horizon where the sun rises at the equinoxes, on the right hand side of a person facing north. 2) the eastern part of a country, region, or town. 3) (the East) the regions or countries… …   English terms dictionary

  • east — east, eastern, easterly adjectives. What is said here applies equally to north, south, and west, and their corresponding forms. East denotes physical position (on the east side of town) and is spelt with a capital initial (East) when forming part …   Modern English usage

  • East — is a direction in geography. It is one of the four cardinal directions or compass points, opposite of west and at right angles to north and south. East is the direction toward which the Earth rotates about its axis, and therefore the general… …   Wikipedia

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