Caston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Caston family

The surname Caston was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Caston family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caston research. Another 218 words (16 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Caston Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Caston family (pre 1700)

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Caston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Caston migration to the United States +

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, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • James Caston, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [1]
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 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Caston (post 1700) +

  • Toby Caston (1965-1994), American NFL football linebacker who played from 1987 through 1993
  • Leonard "Baby Doo" Caston (1917-1987), American blues pianist and guitarist
  • Leonard Caston Jr., American rhythm and blues songwriter, record producer, pianist and singer
  • Rodney Caston, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 106th District, 2012 [2]
  • J. T. Caston, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1912, 1916 [2]
  • Geoffrey Kemp Caston CBE (1926-2018), English academic from London, Registrar of the University of Oxford (1972-1979), Vice-Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific (1983-1992)
  • Douglas Marmaduke Caston (1917-1996), Canadian newspaper publisher and politician, Member of Parliament Jasper-Edson (1967–1968)
  • Rodney L Caston (b. 1977), American freelance writer, co-creator and original writer of the popular comic "Megatokyo"

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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