Easterein, a village in Littenseradiel municipality - not to be confused
with Oosterend in Terschelling island; it used
to be in
the former municipality of Hennaarderadeel,
with (1958) 880; (1974) 884 inhabitants. It is a village on a "terp" (mound),
in which Roman pottery was found (2nd and 3rd century). In the Middle Ages
the village was known as "the island of Easterein" - an early dike
was built around the village (c. 10th century), also known as Ëastereiner
Hoep", later part of the "Slachtedyk" around the old Middelzee.
Nickname: "Bargen" (pigs)
Easterein Coat of Arms: quartered: I and IV: in red a silver clover; II. in
gold a red lion rampant; III. in gold a black lion rampant; a green border.
Flag: quartered over 1/3 flag length of red and yellow with on the junction
a cloverleaf of 3/5 flag height with a straight stem, countercharged; and a green border with a width of 1/10 flag height.
The village-territory was formerly divided in four parts:
1. the Meylehúster quarter
2. the Slypster quarter
3. the Wynser quarter
4. the Eeskwerter quarter
That division is represented on the coat of arms. The territory is one of the
oldest "polders" of Fryslân (the island of Easterein),
surrounded by the Green dike (griene dyk), represented by the green
border. In it were several noble houses. The red and black lion are derived
from the families Donia and Burmania. The clovers represent meadows and
The flag is a simplification of the arms.
Design: J.C. Terluin and R.J. Broersma
Source: Genealogysk Jierboekje 2001.
Encyclopedie van Friesland, 1958.
Jarig Bakker, 10 Sep 2003
Easterein coat of arms
from Wapens en Flaggen fan Littenseradiel, booklet of the municipality.