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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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

The Austin family name is derived from the given name Austin, which was the vernacular form of the Latin name "Augustus", meaning "majestic." As a personal name, Augustine was popular due to St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) who had a great influence on early Christianity, as well as St Augustine of Canterbury, first Archbishop of Canterbury, who founded the oldest see in England, in 597.


Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Austin include Austin, Austins, Austen, Austeane, Ostian, Ousteane, Owstyne, Ostiane and many more.

First found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Austin research. Another 311 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1538, 1613, 1669, 1629, 1683, 1676, 1580, 1666, 1660, 1661, 1642, 1696, 1666, 1681, 1641, 1699, 1667, 1679, 1664, 1706, 1699, 1701, 1697, 1743, 1728, 1734, 1650 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Austin History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 207 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Austin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Austin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Austin or a variant listed above:

  • John Austin, the great grandfather of Rutherford Hayes, known as the "Forgotten President of the U.S.A."

Austin Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Austin, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Austin, aged 24, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Francis Austin, who landed in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Geo Austin, who landed in Virginia in 1643
  • Georg Austin, who arrived in Virginia in 1643

Austin Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • George Austin, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1734
  • Hugh Williams Austin, who landed in Barbados in 1779
  • Adam Austin, who arrived in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1782
  • David Austin, an early saddle-bag preacher who was ordained in the Presbytery of New York in 1788
  • J Austin, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

Austin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Austin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1825
  • B C Austin, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • C G Austin, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • E T Austin, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Alex Austin, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • Gene Austin (1900-1972), American singer and songwriter
  • Tracy Ann Austin (b. 1962), American former World No. 1 female professional tennis player
  • Charles Austin (b. 1967), American Gold Medal winning high jumper
  • Alfred Austin (1835-1913), English poet
  • Herbert Austin (1866-1941), 1st Baron Austin, English English automobile designer and builder who founded the Austin Motor Company
  • Lieutenant General Lloyd James Austin III (b. 1953), United States Army officer
  • Robert Sargent Austin (1895-1973), English etcher
  • John Langshaw Austin (1911-1960), British philosopher, who taught at Oxford
  • Margaret Elizabeth Austin CNZM (b. 1933), former New Zealand politician who later became Chancellor of Lincoln University
  • Mervyn Neville Austin (1913-1991), Australian Rhodes Scholar, headmaster, and professor



  • The Austin Family of Bennington, Vermont by Hugh S. Austin.
  • Austin and Rich Genealogy.

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  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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The Austin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Austin 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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