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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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The surname Hastings was first found in Sussex, where the family were descended from Robert of (de) 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. [1] Another branch that some claim to be older, was found at Fillongley in Warwickshire. "This place, the name of which is variously written in Domesday Book, is supposed to have been the earliest seat of the rich and powerful family of Hastings, who held many offices of distinction during several reigns." [2] One of the first records of the name was of Henry de Hastings (c.1235-c.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 (1262-1313) fought in the 1290s wars in the Scotland, Ireland and France under King Edward I. His son, John Hastings, 2nd Baron Hastings (1287-1325) served in the First War of Scottish Independence under King Edward II and later became Governor of Kenilworth Castle. "Sir William Hastings, created Baron Hastings by Edward IV., and who was beheaded by Richard III., built a strong castle [in Ashby-De-La-Zouch in Leicestershire] in the reign of the former monarch, in which Mary, Queen of Scots, while in the custody of the Earl of Huntingdon, was for some time kept in confinement. Ashby Castle was garrisoned for his majesty by the earl's second son, Col. Henry Hastings, who was made general of the king's forces in the midland counties, and, for his services to the royal cause, was in 1643 created Baron Loughborough." [2] Again in England, another early record was found at Aston-Cantlow in Warwickshire. "John de Hastings, into whose possession it had come, claimed by prescription, in the 13th of Edward I., a court leet, with assize of bread and beer, weifs, gallows, and free warren, all which were allowed." [2] What an incredible example of the dutiful feudal records of the time!

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


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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 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 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 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 United States in the 20th Century


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

Hastings Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Robert Hastings, aged 25, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Ranger" in 1834
  • Isabella Hastings, aged 20, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Ranger" in 1834
  • Fanny Hastings, aged 23, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Ranger" in 1834
  • Mary Hastings, aged 16, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Ranger" in 1834
  • Sarah Hastings, aged 18, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Ranger" in 1834


Hastings Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Hastings, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Hastings, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia
  • Joseph Hastings, aged 32, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • Mary Hastings, aged 24, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • Mary Hastings, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Glentanner"

Hastings Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Sarah Hastings, aged 25, a domestic servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • John Hastings arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of the Avon" in 1859
  • Elizabeth Hastings arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of the Avon" in 1859
  • Susan Hastings arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • Ann Hastings arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1864


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  • 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
  • Michael Mahon Hastings (1980-2013), American journalist, best known for his Rolling Stone article named "The Runaway General"
  • Major Gen Kester Lovejoy Hastings (1897-1983), Quartermaster of the U.S. Army
  • Wilmot Reed Hastings Jr. (b. 1960), American entrepreneur and education philanthropist, founder and CEO of Netflix
  • Smith H. Hastings (1843-1905), Union Colonel in the American Civil War, Medal of Honor recipient
  • Private First Class Joe R Hastings, American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Mrs. Margaret Anderson Hastings (d. 1915), (née Gardiner), Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in New Rochelle, New York, USA returning to Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Brian Frederick Hastings (b. 1940), retired New Zealand cricketer
  • His Honour Judge William "Bill" Kenneth Hastings (b. 1960), Chief Censor of New Zealand (1999 to 2010)
  • Stephen Hastings, British Politician

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  10. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
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