Astor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Astor family

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.

Early History of the Astor family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Astor research. Another 119 words (8 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Astor family (pre 1700)

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United States Astor migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • John Jacob Astor, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1784 [1]
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

Contemporary Notables of the name Astor (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • 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 [2]
  • John Jacob III Astor (1822-1890), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1880; Presidential Elector for New York, 1880 [2]
  • Hon. Francis David Langhorne Astor (1912-2001), English newspaper publisher
  • Nancy Witcher Astor (1879-1964), first English woman MP
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [3]
  • 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 [3]

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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