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Sebastian Early Origins



The surname Sebastian was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. 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, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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 of St Columb Major who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Sebastian is a masculine given name that is derived from the Latin name Sebastianus meaning "from Sebastia" and is also a surname derived from Saint Sebastian (died c. 288), an early Christian saint and martyr.

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Sebastian Spelling Variations


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Sebastian 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 Sebastian include Bastian, Basten, Bastin, Bastien, Bastion, Baston and many more.

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Sebastian Early History


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Sebastian Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sebastian research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1510, 1600, 1535 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Sebastian History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sebastian Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sebastian Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sebastian Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In England 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 Sebastians to arrive on North American shores:

Sebastian Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Bartolome Sebastian who came to the Spanish Main in 1534
  • Diego Sebastian who immigrated to Rio de la Plata in 1535
  • Francisco Sebastian who settled in the Dominican Republic in 1564

Sebastian Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anthony Sebastian, who arrived in Maryland in 1649-1652
  • Stephen Sebastian, who landed in Maryland in 1675

Sebastian Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Michael Sebastian, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • John Sebastian, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Benjamin Sebastian, who landed in Virginia in 1766

Sebastian Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Benito Sebastian who immigrated to Puerto Rico in 1823
  • Benito Sebastian, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1823
  • Maria Sebastian who came to New Orleans in 1827
  • Maria Sebastian, aged 35, landed in New Orleans, La in 1827
  • Bartolome Sebastian, who landed in Spanish Main in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sebastian Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Peter Sebastian, who landed in Mississippi in 1905

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sebastian (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sebastian (post 1700)



  • John Benson Sebastian (1944-2000), American singer, songwriter, guitarist and autoharpist, best known as a founder of The Lovin' Spoonful, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000
  • Joan Sebastian (1951-2015), stage name of Josť Manuel Figueroa Sr., Mexican seven-time Latin Grammy Award and five-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter
  • Guy Theodore Sebastian (b. 1981), Australian singer-songwriter and record producer, the first winner of Australian Idol in 2003

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Suggested Readings for the name Sebastian


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Suggested Readings for the name Sebastian



  • The Chronicle of a Southern Family by William Hobart Sebastian.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Sebastian Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sebastian 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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