Spelling variations of this family name include: Hastings, Hasting, Haistings and others.
First found in Sussex where they were seated from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Edward Hastings settled in the Island of Providence in 1635; John Hasting settled in Virginia in 1648; another John Hasting settled in Jamaica in 1685.
(Above is a small excerpt from our 1800 word history)
Some noteworthy people of the name Hastings
* Albert Hastings, Biochemist
* Baird Hastings, Musician
* Hubert Hastings, Publisher
* Stephen Hastings, British Politician
* Sir Max Hastings (b. 1945), British journalist, editor, historian and author
* Sir Patrick Gardiner Hastings (1880-1952), noted British barrister who served as Attorney General for England and Wales in 1924
* Warren Hastings (1732-1818), the first governor-general of British India, from 1773 to 1785
* Private First Class Joe R Hastings, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
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