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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.
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. What an incredible example of the dutiful feudal records of the time!
Spelling variations of this family name include: Hastings, Hasting, Haistings and others.
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 and printed products wherever possible.
Notable among the family at this time was William Hastings, 1st Baron Hastings KG (c.1431-1483), an English nobleman executed on the charge of treason; Edward Hastings, 2nd Baron Hastings, KB (1466-1506), an English peer; George Hastings, 1st Earl of Huntingdon (1488-1544), English nobleman; Francis Hastings, 2nd Earl of Huntingdon, KG (1514-1561)...
Another 127 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hastings Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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 and printed products wherever possible.
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Hastings Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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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