Bastian History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Bastian family

The surname Bastian was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of St Columb Major who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Sebastian is a masculine given name that is derived from the Latin name Sebastianus meaning "from Sebastia" and is also a surname derived from Saint Sebastian (died c. 288), an early Christian saint and martyr.

Important Dates for the Bastian family

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Bastian Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Bastian, Basten, Bastin, Bastien, Bastion, Baston and many more.

Early Notables of the Bastian family (pre 1700)

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Bastian migration to the United States

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Bastian or a variant listed above were:

Bastian Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tannika Bastian, who landed in Virginia in 1657 [2]
Bastian Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Bastian, aged 12, who landed in New York in 1710 [2]
  • Adam Bastian, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1729
  • Adam Bastian, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729 [2]
  • Andrew Bastian, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729 [2]
  • Anna Bastian, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bastian Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Bastian, aged 3, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [2]
  • Joh Heinr Bastian, who arrived in America in 1852 [2]
  • B M Bastian, aged 35, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1852 [2]
  • Joh Bastian, who arrived in America in 1857 [2]
  • Georg Bastian, who landed in America in 1860 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bastian Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Saraphine Bastian, aged 54, who landed in America in 1901 [2]
  • August Bastian, aged 20, who arrived in America in 1901 [2]
  • Barbara Bastian, aged 22, who landed in America in 1901 [2]
  • Elisabeth Bastian, aged 9, who arrived in New York, NY in 1901 [2]
  • Elisabeth Bastian, who arrived in New York in 1901
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bastian migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bastian Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Francis Bastian, Cornish seaman who immigrated to New South Wales, Australia aboard the ship "Florentia" in 1843 convicted at Darlinghurst Gaol on 2nd September 1843 [3]
  • Richard Bastian, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cressy" in 1847 [4]
  • Henry Bastian, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Florentia" in 1849 [5]
  • Henry Bastian, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Himalaya" in 1849 [6]
  • Henry Bastian, aged 47, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Florentia" [5]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bastian (post 1700)

  • Walter Maximillian Bastian (1891-1975), American jurist, Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (1950-1954)
  • Charlie Bastian (1860-1932), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1884 to 1891
  • Michael Bastian (b. 1965), American fashion designer, known for his namesake label, Michael Bastian, CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year award in 2011
  • Henry Charlton Bastian (1837-1915), Cornish physiologist and neurologist, Fellow of Royal Society in 1868
  • Alexandra Louise "Ali" Bastian (b. 1982), English television actress, best known for playing Becca Dean in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks from 2001 to 2007
  • Gordon Love Bastian GC, MBE (1902-1987), British engineering officer in the British Merchant Navy, recipient of the Albert Medal
  • Gert Bastian (1923-1992), German military officer and politician with the German Green Party
  • Adolf Bastian (1826-1905), renowned German ethnologist, who studied Asian and African peoples
  • Bastian Pinske (b. 1978), German footballer
  • Bastian Henning (b. 1983), German footballer

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_gaol_admissions.pdf
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CRESSY 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Cressy.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FLORENTIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Florentia.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The HIMALAYA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Himalaya.htm
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