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Posted by: Elizabeth Anne Boffo Date: September 29, 2001 at 07:41:57
In Reply to: surname history by Kelli Easterling of 620

"The Easterlings, Mrs. Faison's maternal forebearers, present an intriguing origin, dating back to 1066, when they arrived in England with William the Conquered, wealthy bankers, coiners and lenders of money, to acheive distinction by becoming England's foremost mint masters, taking their name in compliment to the quality of their product. "In the time of King Richard I monie coined in the east part of Germany began to be of especial request in England for the puritie thereof, and was called Easterling monie, as all the inhabitants thereof were called Easterling. Shortly after, some of that Countrie, skillful in mint matters, and allaries were sent far off into the realme, to bring the coin to perfection, which from that time was called of them 'Sterling' for Easterling".
Found in "History of South Caorlina, Biographical Volume," Wallace, The American Historical Society, Inc.; New York, 1934.
Elizabeth Anne Boffo

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