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Eustace Coat of Arms / Eustace Family Crest

Eustace Coat of Arms / Eustace Family Crest

This surname of EUSTACE was a baptismal name 'the son of Eustace' a popular font name during the 12th and 13th centuries. It was originally from the given name Stace, a form of Eustace, and recorded in medieval documents in the Latin form of Eustacius, meaning 'Fruitful'. The name was borne by various genuine minor saints, but nothing of historical value is known of the most famous, St. Eustace, said to have been converted by the vision of a crucifix between the antlers of a hunted stag. Following the crusades in Europe in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, a need was felt for a family name to replace the one given at birth, or in addition to it. This was recognized by those of noble birth, and particularly by those who went on the Crusades, as it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. Early records of the name mention Adam filius Eustace who was recorded in the year 1273 in the County of Cambridge. Richard Euston appears in Oxford in the same year, and William filius Eustachii of County Norfolk, was documented during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307). Later instances of the name mention Robert Ewstace who registered at the University of Oxford in the year 1513. George Cook married Mary Eustiss at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1747. The surname of the Eustace family was introduced to Ireland as Fitz-Eustace by a settler who established himself in County Kildare at the time of the Anglo-Norman Conquest. The town and parish of Ballymore Eustace in Naas South Barony, county Kildare, marks the area of the family's influence. Today families of the name are found mainly in the capital, and scattered through Leinster from County Louth in the north, to County Wexford in the south, with a few of the name dispersed further afield outside the province. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of arms in 1884.

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