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Estes is an English-language surname derived from the House of Este. It is also said to derive from Old English and have the meaning "of the East." As a surname, it has been traced to southern England in the region of Kent, as early as the mid-15th century, Robert Estes (Ewstas,Esteuse) b. 1475 Deal, Kent, England- d. 1506 Dover, Kent, England . Notable people with the surname include:

  • Angie Estes, U.S. poet
  • Billie Sol Estes, Texas businessman and politician
  • Bob Estes, U.S. professional golf player
  • Eleanor Estes, U.S. children's author
  • John Estes, U.S. football player
  • John Adam Estes, also known as "Sleepy John" Estes, U.S. blues musician
  • John Curtis Estes, birth name of adult film star John Holmes
  • Patrick Estes, U.S. football player
  • Richard Estes, U.S. photorealist painter
  • Richard Despard Estes, Biologist
  • Rob Estes, U.S. actor
  • Shawn Estes, Major League Baseball player
  • Simon Estes, U.S. bass-baritone singer
  • Vernon Estes, U.S. businessman
  • Wayne Estes, U.S. basketball player
  • Will Estes, U.S. actor
  • William Kaye Estes, U.S. mathematical psychologist
  • Yusuf Estes, U.S. former Christian minister, now convert to Islam
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Estes is also less frequently found as a given name:

  • Estes Banks, American football player
  • Estes Kefauver, U.S. politician