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The Austin family name is derived from the given name Austin, which was the vernacular form of the Latin name "Augustus", meaning "majestic." As a personal name, Augustine was popular due to St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) who had a great influence on early Christianity, as well as St Augustine of Canterbury, first Archbishop of Canterbury, who founded the oldest see in England, in 597.
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Austin include Austin, Austins, Austen, Austeane, Ostian, Ousteane, Owstyne, Ostiane and many more.
First found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia where they held a family seat from ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Austin research. Another 311 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1538, 1613, 1669, 1629, 1683, 1676, 1580, 1666, 1660, 1661, 1642, 1696, 1666, 1681, 1641, 1699, 1667, 1679, 1664, 1706, 1699, 1701, 1697, 1743, 1728, 1734, 1650 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Austin History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 207 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Austin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Austin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Austin or a variant listed above:
Austin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Edward Austin, who landed in Virginia in 1635
- Jo Austin, aged 24, landed in Virginia in 1635
- Francis Austin, who landed in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1638
- Geo Austin, who landed in Virginia in 1643
- Georg Austin, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
Austin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- George Austin, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1734
- Hugh Williams Austin, who landed in Barbados in 1779
- Adam Austin, who arrived in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1782
- David Austin, an early saddle-bag preacher who was ordained in the Presbytery of New York in 1788
- J Austin, who landed in Mississippi in 1798
Austin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Austin, the great grandfather of Rutherford Hayes, known as the "Forgotten President of the U.S.A."
- Charles Austin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1825
- B C Austin, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
- C G Austin, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
- E T Austin, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
Austin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Catherine Austin, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
- Mr. Chris Austin, Jr. , U.E., United Empire Loyalist, who settled in Eastern District, Upper Canada c. 1783 he was widowed before settling
- Mr. James Austin, U.E., United Empire Loyalist, who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783c. 1783 was passenger number 352 on board the "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River New York
- Mr. Joel Austin, U.E., United Empire Loyalist, who settled in Home District, South Central Ontario c. 1783
Austin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Isaac Austin, who arrived in Canada in 1828
- James Austin, aged 30, a shoemaker, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway
- Jane Austin, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway
- Benjn Austin, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1837
- Hiram Austin, who arrived in Canada in 1841
Austin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Austin, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- George Austin, a sawyer, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- William Austin, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Joseph Austin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1839
- Mary Ann Esther Austin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1839
Austin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Robert Austin, aged 39, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
- Ann Austin, aged 33, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
- Elizabeth Austin, aged 13, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
- Robert Austin, aged 11, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
- John Austin, aged 17, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
- Tracy Ann Austin (b. 1962), American former World No. 1 female professional tennis player
- Gene Austin (1900-1972), American singer and songwriter
- Charles Austin (b. 1967), American Gold Medal winning high jumper
- Herbert Austin (1866-1941), 1st Baron Austin, English English automobile designer and builder who founded the Austin Motor Company
- Robert Sargent Austin (1895-1973), English etcher
- Lieutenant General Lloyd James Austin III (b. 1953), United States Army officer
- Alfred Austin (1835-1913), English poet
- Peter Austin (1921-2014), British brewer, founder of Ringwood Brewery, New Forest, Hampshire
- Mr. John Sydney Austin, Australian Midshipman from Australia, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
- Mrs. Margaret M Austin (1861-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
- The Austin Family of Bennington, Vermont by Hugh S. Austin.
- Austin and Rich Genealogy.
- Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
- Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
- Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
- Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
- Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
- 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.
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
The Austin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Austin 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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