East Surname Origin
(Origin English) 1. Dweller at the East (end of the village) or One from the East (of England) [Middle English est/este, Old English east]. 2. (occasionally) the Anglo-Saxon personal-name component East- [Old English east] or Est- [Old English est, grace, favour, bounty].
Source: Surnames of the United Kingdom, A Concise Etymological Dictionary; Henry Harrison; Vol.1 & 2.; The Eaton Press, 190 Ebury Street, London, S.W; 1912.
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