The origins of the Chasten name come from when the Anglo-Saxon
tribes ruled over Britain. The name Chasten was originally derived from a family having lived in Caston,
a small village in the county of Norfolk
. The surname was originally seen in the Old English form Cattstun,
and was also an occupational
name for a person who kept watch over a feudal
Early Origins of the Chasten family
The surname Chasten was first found in Cambridgeshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, Causton in 1086 was held by Hardwin of Scales, a Norman Baron, and, conjecturally, the ancient ancestor of this surname. The village is on Roman Ermine Street, as in Turdor times became a coaching village.
Early History of the Chasten family
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Chasten Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Chasten include Chaston, Chasten, Chasteyn, Chauston, Causton, Chastonne, Chastone, Chastenne, Chastein and many more.
Early Notables of the Chasten family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chasten family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Chasten Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Jean Chasten, aged 47, who arrived in Montreal in 1714
Contemporary Notables of the name Chasten (post 1700)
- Gamal Abdel Chasten, American theatre actor, founding member of Universes, a poetic theatre ensemble in New York