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Where did the English Island family come from? What is the English Island family crest and coat of arms? When did the Island family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Island family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ostler, Hostler, Hosteller, Hostiller, Hustler, Oastler, Osler, Ossler, Husler and many more.

First found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1190 when William Hostiler held estates.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Island research. Another 163 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1204, 1455, 1487 and 1614 are included under the topic Early Island History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Island Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Island Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Susan Island, who landed in Virginia in 1663

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