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The German state of Saxony is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Augustine. 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.
The surname Augustine 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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Augustin, Augustins, Augustine, Augstein, Augstien, Augsten and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Augustine research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1490, 1643, 1685 and 1497 are included under the topic Early Augustine History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 137 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Augustine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Augustine Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Augustine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Augustine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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.
The Augustine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Augustine 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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