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The name Astor was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Astor family lived in Hampshire in the south of England having derived from the area of Stur, in Normandy, where the family lived prior to the 1066 invasion.

Astor Early Origins



The surname Astor was first found in the arrondissement of Manche, in Tourlaville, in Normandy, when William of Stur sent William his son to England with Duke William of Normandy. William was granted lands in the Isle of Wight and Hampshire for assistance to King William at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Astor Spelling Variations


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Astor Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Astor are characterized by many spelling variations. 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. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Astor include Astor, Aster, Astur, Astorr, Asterr, Asturr, Estor, Ester, Esturr, Astoria, Estoria, E'Stur, Stur and many more.

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Astor Early History


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Astor Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Astor research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1783 and 1848 are included under the topic Early Astor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Astor Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Astor Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Astor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Astor, or a variant listed above:

Astor Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henrich Astor, who landed in New York in 1784
  • John Jacob Astor, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1784

Astor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J. J. Astor, aged 59 who arrived (with child) in New York in 1822 and moved westward
  • J. J. Astor, aged 59 settled in New York with his child in 1822

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Contemporary Notables of the name Astor (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Astor (post 1700)



  • William Waldorf Astor (1848-1919), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 11th District, 1878; Member of New York State Senate 10th District, 1880-81
  • John Jacob III Astor (1822-1890), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1880; Presidential Elector for New York, 1880
  • Roberta Brooke Astor (1902-2007), American philanthropist, socialite and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • John Jacob Astor (1763-1848), American (German-born) fur magnate and financier, who became one of wealthiest men in America
  • Lt. Col. John Jacob Astor, 1st Baron Astor of Hever, American-born, English military officer, statesman, and newspaper proprietor
  • Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor, English (American born) businessman and politician
  • William Backhouse Astor (1792-1875), American financier
  • Mary Astor (1906-1987), Academy Award-winning American actress most famous for her role as Brigid O'Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon (1941) opposite Humphrey Bogart
  • Hon. Francis David Langhorne Astor (1912-2001), English newspaper publisher
  • Nancy Witcher Astor (1879-1964), first English woman MP
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Astor Historic Events


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Astor Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mrs. Madeleine Talmage Astor, (née Force), aged 18, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 4
  • Colonel John Jacob Astor IV (d. 1912), aged 47, American First Class passenger, businessman, inventor, writer, of the prominent Astor family from New York City, who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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    The Astor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Astor 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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