Early Origins of the Quested family
The surname Quested was first found in Lincolnshire
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 14th century when Minquinus Quest held estates in that shire in 1323.
Early History of the Quested family
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Quested Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Quested are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Quested include: Quest, Quested, Questred, Quester, de Quester and many more.
Early Notables of the Quested family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Quested family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Quested or a variant listed above: Augustine Quester, who arrived in Allegheny Co., PA in 1833.
Contemporary Notables of the name Quested (post 1700)
- John Quested (b. 1935), American businessman, has been the owner and chairman of Goldcrest Films since the early 90s
- Nick Quested, American Producer, Director and Writer
- Wilfred Leonard "Len" Quested (1925-2012), English footballer and manager who played from 1945 to 1965 and managed Cumberland United in 1964
- Major John Bowley Quested (1893-1948), English World War I flying ace credited with eight aerial victories, awarded the Military Cross and the Croix de Guerre (France)
- Dave Quested (b. 1946), former New Zealand cricket umpire