Possible Eastman Coat of Arms

June 3, 1997: Jack Eastman of Ohio, listed on the Cousinís Corner, and Luis Eastman of Argentina have been corresponding for several months exchanging information. Jack has been pursuing with fervor the origins of the surname EASTMAN and the Blazon and Crest. Several days ago, Luis provided the colored version of an Eastman Blazon and Crest, being displayed here for interest ONLY. See Disclaimer below.

In part, this is the email message from Luis Eastman to Jack Eastman: Source: The Historical Research Center of England. "The English surname Eastman is patronymic in origin, being derived from the name of the father. In this case, Eastman means "son of Easthund". Easthund is an old English personal name which means 'grace - protector' or 'favor - protector'. Over the years the ending of the name was changed to "man". Early instances of this surname includes Ricardus filius Esthund who was registered in the Essex Rolls of 1195. The 'filius' emphasizes the origins of the name meaning simply 'son of'. In the Hundred Rolls of Cambridge for the year 1273 there is a record of Geoffrey, Cecil and Hugh Esthund.

An early record of the name in America is in 1638, the year Roger Eastman left Wiltshire in England and arrived in Salisbury, Massachusetts. A notable bearer of the name is George Eastman (1854-1932) American inventor of the first practicable roll film and developer of cheap, mass-produced 'Kodak' cameras. Experiments he conducted jointly with Edison helped overcome the early difficulties of making motion pictures."

BLAZON OF ARMS: Gules in the dexter chief point an escrutcheon argent charged with a lion rampant sable. Gules denotes Military Fortitude an Magnanimity. The lion signifies Strength, Courage and a Foe to Fear. Sable denotes Prudence, Mistrey and Secrecy.
[ End of email from Luis.]

Jack downloaded information on interpretation of Blazons and Crest and provides this:

Gules means RED. Dexter means RIGHT. Chief means TOP. Escrutcheon means surface. Argent means WHITE Sable means BLACK. This is a RED shield with a Black LION RAMPART on a WHITE background in the upper left hand corner. The date on the bottom of the Blazon reads " The Historical Research Center of England 1991 1992 1993 ".

[ End of email from Jack.]

The Blazon and Crest displayed here is for interest only, and is not yet proven to be legitimate or authentic for use by any Eastman on this Web Site. The Blazon and Crest is associated with an Eastman ancestor currently unknown.

Iím requesting comment and research from any and all of the Eastmans around the world. If you have any information and sources to contribute regarding the Blazon and Crest, please email me.

Disclaimer: The display of this Blazon and Crest does not constitute a claim that the Blazon and Crest is in fact an authentic grant of Arms to an Eastman ancestor. We reserve the right to withdraw its display if information is received that proves it to be not authentic. The down-loading and use of this image and related written material by anyone for purposes of commerce, redistribution or personal gain is prohibited.

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The following is an excerpt of correspondence received via e-mail with additional information regarding the significance of the Eastman crest.*

----Original Message Follows----
From: "Loretta Landerman"
To: caroln242@hotmail.com
Subject: Eastman
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 18:19:07 -0500

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I met an advisor with Burke's Peerage in 1991, in England, and was told that the crest with the collared swan at the top of the crest signifies the Eastman family were connected to royalty by way of servitude in the arts. They were most likely court poets and musicians at the time this crest was designed. The collar with the chain signifies this lack of personal freedom. The crest also signifies protection and grace and favor, all traits one would need to be affiliated with royalty. I believe the crest you have at the left of your heading is the correct one.

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*Used and displayed with permission of author

Webmaster note: The other version of the crest (on the right of the heading) is displayed in The History and Genealogy of the Eastman Family of America by Guy Rix, pub. 1901.