The German state of Saxony
is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Augsten. In the medieval era, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The ancient dukedom of Saxony
derived its name from the Germanic tribe name the Saxons
who inhabited the territory after the fall of the Roman Empire.
Early Origins of the Augsten family
The surname Augsten was first found in Silesia
, where the name is considered to have made an early contribution to the feudal
society which became the backbone of early development in Europe. The name became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever-changing territorial profile. The actual origin of the name as it was used in Germany
is St. Augustine (354-430,) one of the founders of the Christian church, and it is not surprising that many pious Germans baptized their children with his name; its many variations soon took on the character of a family name as well.
Early History of the Augsten family
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Augsten Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Augustin, Augustins, Augustine, Augstein, Augstien, Augsten and many more.
Early Notables of the Augsten family (pre 1700)
Notables of the period with the surname Augsten were Augustin von Hamersteten, who was a 15th century knight in the service of the Emperor, and later of the Elector of Saxony
after 1490; Marx Augustin (1643-1685), an Austrian
minstrel... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Augsten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Augsten family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: George Michael Augustin, who settled in Philadelphia in 1820; Josef Augustin came with his wife Isabel Garcia and their son to Louisiana in 1778; Christoph Heinrich Augustinus arrived in Philadelphia in 1766.
The Augsten 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: Cominus et eminus
Motto Translation: In close or distant combat.