Spelling variations of this family name include: Eastman, Eastmunt, Esmund, Estman, Yeastman, Eestman, Eastmun, Eastmen, Eastmin and many more. First found in Suffolk, England, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Roger Eastman, who settled in Massachusetts in 1636; Mary Eastman, who immigrated to Maryland in 1671; James Eastman, who arrived in the Barbados in 1679.
Crest: A swan collared and lined proper.
BLAZON OF ARMS: Gules in the dexter chief point an escutcheon argent charged with a lion rampant sable. Gules denotes Military Fortitude an Magnanimity. The lion signifies Strength, Courage and a Foe to Fear. Sable (black) denotes Prudence, Mystery and Secrecy. A red shield with a silver gold escutcheon in dexter chief, charged with a black lion.
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 advisor with Burke's Peerage in 1991, in England, said 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.