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Where did the English Caston family come from? What is the English Caston family crest and coat of arms? When did the Caston family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Caston family history?

The lineage of the name Caston begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived near a notable chestnut tree. The surname is derived from Anglo-French casteyn, which means chestnut. As such, Caston 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, Caston 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 Caston is derived from the parish of Caston which lies near Watton in the county of Norfolk.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Caston has undergone many spelling variations, including Caston, Catestune, Casteyn, Cateston, Coston, Caustun, Castine, Castin, Castoun and many more.

First found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caston 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 Caston History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Caston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Caston were among those contributors:

Caston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Nehemiah Caston, aged 21, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • James Caston, who arrived in Maryland in 1668

Caston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Mary Caston who arrived in America in 1764

Caston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • G R Caston, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

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  • Leonard Caston Jr., American rhythm and blues songwriter, record producer, pianist and singer
  • Leonard "Baby Doo" Caston (1917-1987), American blues pianist and guitarist
  • Toby Caston (1965-1994), American NFL football linebacker who played from 1987 through 1993
  • Rodney L Caston (b. 1977), American freelance writer, co-creator and original writer of the popular comic "Megatokyo"
  • Douglas Marmaduke Caston (1917-1996), Canadian newspaper publisher and politician, Member of Parliament Jasper-Edson (19671968)
  • Geoffrey Kemp Caston CBE (b. 1926), former Registrar of the University of Oxford (1972 to 1979)


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The Caston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Caston 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.

This page was last modified on 20 August 2013 at 12:36.

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