According to the publication “Blacks: The Surnames of Scotland”, the family name has, as it’s roots: “Esslemont, from the barony of Esslemont (1609 ESSILMOUNTHE) IN THE PARISH OF ELLON”.
However, due to ‘adjustments’ created, perhaps by misspellings by registrars, or lack of education, etc there are a number of known derivations today, EssELmont being very common. The various branches of our name can be read by searching on ‘ORIGINAL’ Esslemont.
All our current branches can trace themselves back to the north east corner of Scotland, but we’ve since extended to:
NORTH EAST SCOTLAND: Luncarty, Ellon, Strichen, Rathven (by Buckie), Rathen (by Fraserburgh), Fraserburgh, Gamrie, Pitsligo, Maud, Peterhead, Tyrie,
Flushing, Mormond, South Essie, St. Fergus (Aberdeenshire), Monquhitter, and others.
ORKNEY: Firth, Longside, Sandwick, Kirkwall
ENGLAND; London, Hull, Reading, Birmingham, Loughborough, Newcastle,Carlisle and others
CANADA: Toronto, Burlington, Oakville, Winnipeg, Transcona, Calgary, Vancouver, Hull, Montreal
U.S.A., NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AFRICA, FRANCE, and several other countries.
AS A FIRST TIME VISITOR We suggest that you start your family search using OUR “Site Search Engine”. With luck, you may be listed already, as a result of other family member’s research. As well, ALL the surnames in our file can be found on our “INDIVIDUAL LIST (click ESSLEMONT FAMILY button)”.
We link our entire file using a “tree” connotation.
“TRUNK” - our “ORIGINAL” Esslemont (a fictitious ‘person’ created to make this entire file searchable as one)
“BRANCHES” - are families where the OLDEST KNOWN ANCESTOR was born before 1800. These include George (1656) Esslemont and John (Methlick 1656) Esslemont, oldest of two of the six main Esslemont trees, and the other four, Peter (Patrick 1714) Esslemont, John (Forgue 1720) Esslemont, William (Auchindoir 1742) Eslement, and Adam (1757) Esslemont, are obtainable through fictitious Unknown (1680) Esslemont, as are “TWIGS”. There is a possibility that Peter (Patrick 1714) Esslemont may be a grandson of John (Methlick 1656) Esslemont through John’s son John, born 1686.
“TWIGS” - These are individuals with our surname, or variant, whom we cannot, yet, attach to existing branches. (Oldest ancestor born BEFORE 1800)
“LEAVES” - These are individuals with our surname, or variant, whom we cannot, yet, attach to existing branches. (Oldest ancestor born AFTER 1800) Phone book listings, and also names of Esslemonts, or other variants, included in the records of Scotlandspeople. Are a source of these.
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