Show ContentsJustine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

As early as c. 1172, this name was used by judicial officers or judges and it is from this source the surname was more than likely derived. While there may have been Norman roots at La Justice in Normandy, the name was more likely an occupational name for someone who held the office of "the justice," in other words a judge.

Saint Justus (d. 627), was the fourth Archbishop of Canterbury, sent in 601 from Rome by Pope Gregory along with Laurentius, Mellitus, and others to reinforce the Kentish mission. Justus died on 10 Nov. 627, and was buried in St. Peter's porch at St. Augustine's, Canterbury. [1]

Early Origins of the Justine family

The surname Justine was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, and Angus where one of the first records of the name was Patrick Justyce as a tenant of the mill at Kelso in 1472. Just two years later, Patrick Justice, a priest who witnessed an instrument of sasine in this shire in 1474. As the forename Patrick was not very popular at this time, these two references may be the same person. The lands of James Justeis and Thomas Justeis are mentioned in Scone in 1491. [2]

Early History of the Justine family

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Justine Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Justice, Justine, Justus and others.

Early Notables of the Justine family (pre 1700)

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West Indies Justine migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [3]
Justine Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Humphrey Justine, who settled in Barbados in 1685

Contemporary Notables of the name Justine (post 1700) +

  • Maria Justine Elliotn (b. 1967), Australian politician
  • Justine Bateman (b. 1966), American actress, best known for her role as Mallory Keaton on the sitcom Family Ties
  • Justine Joanna Lorton -Radburn (b. 1974), English footballer
  • Justine Greening (b. 1969), British Conservative Party politician
  • Justine Smethurst (b. 1987), Australian bronze medalist softball player at the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Justine Maree Caines OAM (b. 1973), birth activist in Australia
  • Justine Avignon Miceli (b. 1959), American actress
  • Justine "Baby" Washington (b. 1940), American soul music vocalist
  • Dr. Justine Mintern, Australian, researcher in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne
  • Justine Aspinwall, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 2000 [4]

The Justine Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non sine causa
Motto Translation: Not without a cause.

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook