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Fast Early Origins



The surname Fast was first found in Norfolk at the coastal town of Yarmouth (Great Yarmouth.) Fastolf was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 and later in 1291, Alexander, and William Fastolf were listed in the Feet of Fines of Suffolk. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Thomas Fastolf of Reedham and Great Yarmouth was one of the first records of the name. He was father to Nicholas Fastolf (died 1330), an English judge who is generally thought to have been the first judge to hold the office of Lord Chief Justice of Ireland and Thomas Fastolf (Fastolfe) who died in 1361, an English canon lawyer and Bishop of St David's.

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Fast Spelling Variations


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Fast 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 Fast has undergone many spelling variations, including Fastalf, Fastoff, Fastolf, Fastoff, Fastolfe and others.

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Fast Early History


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Fast Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fast research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1361, 1380 and 1459 are included under the topic Early Fast History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fast Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fast Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Fastolf of Caister-on-Sea; and his son, Sir John Fastolf KG (1380-1459), an English knight during the Hundred Years War, inspiration for Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff. For his efforts in France, he was...

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fast Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Fast were among those contributors:

Fast Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elias Fast, aged 26, arrived in America in 1854
  • Elias Petersson Fast, aged 26, landed in America in 1854
  • Joh Fast, aged 22, arrived in New York, NY in 1873
  • Gerha Fast, aged 53, landed in New York, NY in 1874
  • Camel Fast, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fast Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Michael Fast, aged 36, arrived in New York, NY in 1906

Fast Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Cornelius Fast, who landed in Manitoba in 1874
  • Heinrich Fast, who landed in Manitoba in 1874
  • Jacob Fast, who arrived in Manitoba in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fast (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fast (post 1700)



  • W. J. Fast, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1920
  • S. H. Fast, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Virginia 9th District, 1994
  • Richard E. Fast, American politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 11th District, 1897-1900
  • Orlando J. Fast (b. 1838), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State Senate 10th District, 1883-84
  • Howard Melvin Fast (1914-2003), American politician
  • Becky Fast, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1996, 2004
  • Ernst Fast (1881-1959), Swedish Olympian who won bronze for a marathon at the 1900 Summer Games

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Fast Historic Events


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Fast Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Raymond J Fast, British Shipwright 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Fast Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  11. ...

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

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