Garstine is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Garstine 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 Garstine family
The surname Garstine 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 Garstine family
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Garstine Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Garstine include Garstone, Garston, Garstin, Garstine and others.
Early Notables of the Garstine family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Garstine family to Ireland
Some of the Garstine family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Garstine family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Garstines to arrive on North American shores: Joseph Garston who settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1753.