Early Origins of the Haston family
The surname Haston was first found in Staffordshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Hastang. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands.
Early History of the Haston family
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Haston Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Hastang, Hastange, Hastan and others.
Early Notables of the Haston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Haston family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Haston Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Etiennette Haston, who landed in Montreal in 1659
Contemporary Notables of the name Haston (post 1700)
- Kirk Haston (b. 1979), American former professional basketball player
- Ernest N. Haston, American Democrat politician, Tennessee Democratic State Chair, 1923-25 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- Paul Haston, English-born, Canadian writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia
- Louise Haston (b. 1980), Scottish two-time silver medalist Paralympic tandem cyclist
- James "Jock" Ritchie Haston (1913-1986), British Trotskyist politician and General Secretary of the Revolutionary Communist Party in Great Britain
- Dougal Haston (1940-1977), Scottish mountaineer who died in an avalanche while skiing above Leysin, Switzerland, the first to conquer Mount Everest by the south-west face