This is a surname of East Yorkshire in all its spellings. It is locative, deriving from the village and parish of Escrick (near Selby) in the Old East Riding, which name is made up of the words aski ‘ash trees’, and rik ‘stream’; or perhaps krik ‘ditch’.
The earliest reference to Escrick as a surname is to William de Escrik, freeman of York, in 1307. The Dictionary of British Place Names, which I quote above, gives an earlier instance, but this is not of a surname as we know it, certainly not an hereditary surname; the individual noticed is one William, friar of Escrick (‘Descheric’), in 1169.
Robert Escryk and wife were assessed for the Poll Tax at Hemingborough near Escrick in 1379.
The will of William, son of John Escrick of Selby is recorded 1407/8.

A generation later a Holderness connection is established –
The will of John Metham of Hornsea Beck mentions executor John Escryk.
Holderness became the stronghold of the name in the modern era –
Jonathan, son of Jonathan Escreek, webster (i.e., weaver) was baptised at Tunstall in October 1734.
John, son of Robert Escrick, labourer, baptised at Sculcoates, near Hull, 1752.
John Escreet was resident at Keyingham, South Holderness, 1850.
But by that time Escreet was established in Hull, and three of the name are in Baines Directory of Hull, 1823.


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