Chastain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The prestigious surname Chastain originated in the beautiful and majestic region of Poitou in France. France was notorious for its eccentric kings, but it was revered for its contributions to European art and culture. The surname Chastain originally came from the region of Poitou. It is a topographical name, which is a type of hereditary surname. Topographical surnames were taken from physical features or landmarks that the family lived near.
Early Origins of the Chastain family
The surname Chastain was first found in Poitou, where the family held a family seat since early times.
This family expanded through alliances with other important families, such as the Girard family. Seventeen branches formed from the members of this family. Three members of the family were knights who took part in the crusades of the day. Also in the family were chamberlains of the king, state advisors, knights of the Temple and knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, knights of the king's orders, and several members were admitted to the honours of the Court in 1776, and again in 1780.
Early History of the Chastain family
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Chastain Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Chastain, Chastin, Chastaing, Chastaignier, Chastainier, Chastagnier, Chastang, Chastand, Chastant, Chastan, Châtain, Châtin, Châtaing, Châtaignier, Châteignier, Châtainier, Châtand, Châtan, Chataignon and many more.
Early Notables of the Chastain family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Chastain is the 2,289th most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. 
| Chastain migration to the United States ||+|
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Chastain Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Pierre Chastain, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 with his wife and his five children
- Estienne Chastain, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 
- Pierre Chastain, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1700 
- Estienne Chastain, who settled in Louisiana in 1704
- Jean Chastain, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 
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|Contemporary Notables of the name Chastain (post 1700) ||+|
- Jessica Chastain (b. 1977), American Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA and Academy Award nominated actress
- Ross Chastain (b. 1992), American stock car racing driver
- Jane Chastain (b. 1943), American former nationally known sports announcer
- Nicholas Joseph "Nick" Chastain (b. 1981), American actor, known for his role in The Young and the Restless (2004-2006)
- Elijah Webb Chastain (1813-1874), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia (1851-1855)
- Cameron Chastain (b. 1986), American soccer player
- Thomas Chastain (1921-1994), American author of crime fiction
- David T. Chastain (b. 1963), American guitarist and owner of Leviathan Records and Diginet Music
- Brandi Chastain (b. 1968), American Olympian soccer player, winner of the gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games
- Don Chastain (1935-2002), American Broadway and television actor
- ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
|Suggested Readings for the name Chastain ||+|
- Chastain Kith and Kin, 1700-1980 by Mary Avilla Abel Hall Farnsworth.
- "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
- 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)