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Where did the Scottish Hastings family come from? What is the Scottish Hastings family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hastings family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hastings family history?

The Hastings family claim the land of colorful tartans and skirling bagpipes as their ancient homeland. In Scotland, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Norman knight Robert of Hastings distinguished himself at the Battle of Hastings and was granted the town of Hastings by William the Conqueror as reward.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Hastings, Hasting, Haistings and others.

First found in Sussex, where the family were descended from Robert of Hastings, who having assisted William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings, was given the town of Hastings in gratitude. He became Mayor of Hastings. One of the first records of the name was of Henry de Hastings (c.1235c.1269) who was created Baron in 1264 by Simon de Montfort. He led the Londoners at the Battle of Lewes. His son John Hastings, 1st Baron Hastings (12621313) fought in the 1290s wars in the Scotland, Ireland and France under King Edward I. His son, John Hastings, 2nd Baron Hastings (12871325) served in the First War of Scottish Independence under King Edward II and later became Governor of Kenilworth Castle.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hastings research. Another 145 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1178, 1298, 1431, 1483, 1466, 1506, 1488, 1544, 1514, 1561, 1540, 1604, 1560, 1595, 1586, 1643, 1609, 1656, 1625, 1628, 1629, 1650, 1701, 1686, 1689, 1687, 1688, 1696, 1746, 1610, 1667, 1721, 1720 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Hastings History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 339 words(24 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hastings Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hastings family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hastings Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Hastings (c.1605-1685), English immigrant from Ipswich, Suffolk who sailed aboard The Elizabeth to Watertown, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Edward Hastings settled in the Island of Providence in 1635
  • Edward Hastings, aged 23, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • William Hastings, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • Walter Hastings, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1659


Hastings Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Judith Hastings, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Thomas Hastings, who arrived in America in 1796

Hastings Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Hastings, who landed in America in 1803
  • Bryan Hastings, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Alexander Hastings, aged 33, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Robert Hastings, who arrived in America in 1812
  • James Hastings, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838


Hastings Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Joseph Hastings, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1904

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  • Private First Class Joe R Hastings, American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Smith H. Hastings (1843-1905), Union Colonel in the American Civil War, Medal of Honor recipient
  • Wilmot Reed Hastings Jr. (b. 1960), American entrepreneur and education philanthropist, founder and CEO of Netflix
  • Major Gen Kester Lovejoy Hastings (1897-1983), Quartermaster of the U.S. Army
  • Michael Mahon Hastings (1980-2013), American journalist, best known for his Rolling Stone article named "The Runaway General"
  • Robert "Bob" Hastings (1925-2014), American radio, film, and television character actor, best known for his roles in McHale's Navy and All in the Family
  • Stephen Hastings, British Politician
  • Sir Max Hastings (b. 1945), British journalist, editor, historian and author
  • Sir Patrick Gardiner Hastings (1880-1952), noted British barrister who served as Attorney General for England and Wales in 1924
  • Warren Hastings (1732-1818), the first governor-general of British India, from 1773 to 1785

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  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  8. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
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The Hastings Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hastings Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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