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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

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

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Hastings Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Hastings. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Hastings Family Origin

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Hastings Family Occupations

What did your Hastings ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Hastings family was Carpenter. The most common Hastings occupation in the USA was Farmer. 34% of Hastings's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hastings.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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Hastings Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 214,000 census records available for the last name Hastings. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hastings census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 24,000 immigration records available for the last name Hastings. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Hastings Life Expectancy

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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