Ast History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Ast family
The surname Ast was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Ast family
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Ast Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Ast are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Ast include: Hast, Haste, Ast, Aste and others.
Early Notables of the Ast family (pre 1700)
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Ast migration to the United States +
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ast or a variant listed above:
Ast Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William F Ast, who arrived in Virginia in 1794 
Ast Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Adam Ast, aged 36, who landed in Missouri in 1840 
- John Ast, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 
Ast migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ast Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Margaret Ast, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1816
- Robert Ast, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1822
- John Ast, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1822
- Ann Morrice Ast, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1841
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)