The ancient history of the Casteen name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided near a notable chestnut tree.
The surname is derived from Anglo-French casteyn,
which means chestnut.
As such, Casteen 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, Casteen 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 Casteen is derived from the parish of Caston
which lies near Watton in the county of Norfolk.
Early Origins of the Casteen family
The surname Casteen was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Casteen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Casteen 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 Casteen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Casteen Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Casteen include Caston, Catestune, Casteyn, Cateston, Coston, Caustun, Castine, Castin, Castoun and many more.
Early Notables of the Casteen family (pre 1700)
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Casteen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Casteen family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Casteen or a variant listed above: Mary Caston who arrived in America in 1764.