Castain is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived near a notable chestnut tree.
The surname is derived from Anglo-French casteyn,
which means chestnut.
As such, Castain is a member of the topographic
class of surnames, which were given to people who resided near noticeable physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of tree. However, Castain may also belong to the category of habitation
surnames which were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case, the surname Castain is derived from the parish of Caston
which lies near Watton in the county of Norfolk.
Early Origins of the Castain family
The surname Castain was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Castain family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Castain research.Another 392 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1200, 1273, 1327, 1349, 1369, 1415, 1500, 1604, 1790, and 1796 are included under the topic Early Castain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Castain Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Castain family name include Caston, Catestune, Casteyn, Cateston, Coston, Caustun, Castine, Castin, Castoun and many more.
Early Notables of the Castain family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Castain family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Castain surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Mary Caston who arrived in America in 1764.