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Hastings Family History

Hastings Name Meaning
English and Scottish: habitational name from Hastings, a place in Sussex, on the south coast of England, near which the English army was defeated by the Normans in 1066. It is named from Old English H?stingas ‘people of H?sta’. The surname was taken to Scotland under William the Lion in the latter part of the 12th century. It also assimilated some instances of the native Scottish surname Harestane (see Hairston).English: variant of Hasting.Irish (Connacht): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hOistín ‘descendant of Oistín’, the Gaelic form of Augustine (see Austin).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Hastings Families

  • Number of Hastings families
     196 - 389
     66 - 195
     1 - 65
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Hastings families
     257 - 511
     86 - 256
     1 - 85
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Hastings families
     91 - 179
     31 - 90
     1 - 30
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Hastings Family Origin

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Hastings Immigration Information

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Hastings Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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