The name Garstin was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Garstin family lived in Garston, Lancashire
, a hamlet on the river Mersey. Here they held the title of Lords of the Manor of Garston, and from it took their name. There are several other locations so named in England
and any individual case of the name may be a reference to the bearer's residence in one of these other places. The name of Garston, Lancashire
derives from the Old English elements great,
which means large or imposing,
which means stone.
Other places named Garston generally derive from the Old English elements goers or grass,
which means grass,
which means enclosure or settlement.
This is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname,
which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.
Early Origins of the Garstin family
The surname Garstin was first found in Lancashire
where they were Lords of the manor of Garston, a small hamlet on the Mersey. "At a very early period this place gave name to a local
family, of whom Adam de Gerstan died in 1265." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
However, the first record was of Matthew de Garston who held land at Garston and the fourth part of the fishing on the River Mersey in 1130. Matthew was succeeded by Henry whose daughter Albrera gave to Henry of Walton one bovate of land. Gilbert de Garston also gave a bovate of land in Garston in 1199 to Roger, son of Osbertus of Aynosdale. Involved in this transaction was John, Earl of Morton, who confirmed this grant when he ascended the throne, King John.
Early History of the Garstin family
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Garstin Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Garstin have been found, including Garstone, Garston, Garstin, Garstine and others.
Early Notables of the Garstin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Garstin family to Ireland
Some of the Garstin family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Garstin family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. 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 Garstin were among those contributors: Joseph Garston who settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1753.