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Hastings Family History

Hastings Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from Hastings (Sussex) near which the English army was defeated by the Normans in 1066. The placename derives from an Old English personal name Hǣsta + the Old English groupname suffix -ingas. In the latter part of the 12th century at the time of William the Lion the surname was taken to Scotland where it assimilated instances of the native Scottish surname Harestane. English: variant of Hasting with Middle English genitival -s. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hOistín ‘descendant of Oistín’ the Gaelic form of the personal name Augustine (see Austin ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Hasting, Harting, Harding, Halling, Haskin, Hartin, Harling, Haskins

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Where is the Hastings family from?

You can see how Hastings families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hastings family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hastings families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 179 Hastings families living in Massachusetts. This was about 29% of all the recorded Hastings's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Hastings families in 1840.
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What did your Hastings ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Hastings. 14% of Hastings men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Hastings women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hastings were Clerk and Clerk. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    14%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 38,000 military records available for the last name Hastings. For the veterans among your Hastings ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hastings lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Hastings life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Hastings in 1943 was 43, and 72 in 2004.

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