The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Custe came from the female personal names Custance
These medieval names are derived from the Latin name Constantia,
which was originally a female form of the name Constantis,
which means steadfast
Custe provides an example of a metronymic
surname. Names of this type are derived from the given name of the original bearer's mother.
Early Origins of the Custe family
The surname Custe was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Belton, a village near Grantham, which, at the taking of the Domesday Book
census in 1086 consisted of a Church and 5 mills. It was the King's land. From their early beginnings, for the next few centuries, the family name also acquired other estates or manors as branches established themselves throughout England
. The major conflicts of the eras, such as the War of the Roses, the English Reformation
, and the English Civil War sometimes found them to be in opposing camps, with conflicting interests.
Early History of the Custe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Custe research.Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1690, 1631, 1834, 1701, 1622, 1700, 1679 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Custe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Custe Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Custe family name include Cust, Custe, Coust, Coost, Cuss and others.
Early Notables of the Custe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Custe family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Custe surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Christopher Cust who arrived in America in 1746.