Astin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The origins of the Astin name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Astin was originally derived from a family having lived in the place named Aston, in the county of Stafford.
Early Origins of the Astin family
The surname Astin was first found in the counties of Cheshire and Lancashire.
Aston-By-Sutton in Cheshire was of particular significance to the family. "The manor [of Aston-By-Sutton] belonged as early as the reign of Wm. I. to the family of Aston, of whom Thomas Aston was created a Baronet by Charles I. in 1628; he was an officer in the king's service, and was actively engaged in the civil war, as was also Sir Arthur Aston, who was a personal friend of Charles. The title became extinct in the commencement of the eighteenth century. Aston Hall, a handsome mansion, built about the close of the 17th century, and surrounded by an extensive park, is the seat of Sir Arthur Ingram Aston, G.C.B.; it stands on elevated ground, and commands fine views of the estuary of the Weaver, and of the Lancashire shore on the north-west." 
The township of Liscard, again in Cheshire had early records of the family: "In the reign of Edward I., the manor was held under the barons of Halton by Richard de Aston." 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists: Roger de Astun in Salop (Shropshire); Thomas de Aston in Lancashire; William de Aston in Herefordshire; and John de Ascheton in Somerset. Roger de Assheton was found in Lancashire, 20 Edward I. The Yorkshire Polls Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes de Aston; Johannes Aystyn; Henricus Astyn; and Willelmus Aston.  Richard de Aston held the Prebendary of Finsbury in 1358.
"Ashton is also a Lancashire place name. The Asshetons belonged to a notable family that for many centuries played a conspicuous part in the county; the Asshetons of Downham and Midleton, going back to the 15th and 16th centuries, were amongst the oldest branches."  Guppy continues to note that "the Ashtons of this county, who are numerous on the Yorkshire border, similarly derive their name from places in Derbyshire."
Later, some of the family were found much father to the north in Scotland. There, Roger Aschtoun had a pension in 1585 from the fruits of part of the bishopric of Ross and later, Sebastian Ashton, was burgess of Linlithgow, 1688. 
Early History of the Astin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Astin research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1485, 1558, 1590, 1649, 1600, 1645, 1606, 1656, 1584, 1639, 1609, 1678, 1621, 1633 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Astin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Astin Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Astin include Aston, Asten, Astyn, Astin, Astyne, Astley and others.
Early Notables of the Astin family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas de Aston, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1350; Hugh Aston (c. 1485-1558), an English composer; Sir Arthur Aston (1590-1649), English professional soldier who supported King Charles I in the English Civil War; Sir Thomas Aston, 1st Baronet (1600-1645), English politician who fought for the...
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Migration of the Astin family to Ireland
Some of the Astin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Astin migration to the United States +
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Astin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Jo Astin, who landed in Virginia in 1635 
- John Astin, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 
Astin migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Astin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Eliza Astin, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- William Astin, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
Astin migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Astin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Walter Astin, aged 29, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
Contemporary Notables of the name Astin (post 1700) +
- Dr. Alexander W. Astin (b. 1932), American Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Higher Education and Organizational Change, at the University of California, Los Angeles
- Skylar Astin (b. 1987), born Skylar Astin Lipstein, an American actor and singer
- John Allen Astin (b. 1930), American actor, best known for his role as Gomez Addams on The Addams Family (1964-1966)
- Sean Astin (b. 1971), born Sean Patrick Duke, an American film actor, director, voice artist, and producer, best known for his roles as Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy
- ames Astin (b. 1900), English professional footballer who playted from 1921 to 1923
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The Astin Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Numine et patriae asto
Motto Translation: I stand by God and my country.
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- ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
- ^ 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)