Last name: Austin

This famous surname derives originally from the Roman (Latin) "Augustine", and is the medieval vernacular form, being first recorded as a surname in the 13th Century (see below). The first Archbishop of Canterbury was St. Augustine, who died in 605 A.D., however, the name totally lost popularity until the 12th Century, when, during the Christian revival period, also associated with the Crusades, the religious order known as "The Austin Canons" was established. The present name is probably habitational in origin, as the order was celibate, and referred to people who worked at the various properties owned by the order. As the popularity of the "Austin" order spread, the name became baptismal in its own right. A Coat of Arms was granted to the Austins of Surrey in 1611, being silver with three black chevrons, the centre being charged with three gold crosses. The name was introduced early into America, Edward Austin, aged 26 yrs., being a passenger on the "Speedwell" from London in May 1625. Less happy circumstances attended Thomas Austin of Somerset, who, on October 12th 1685, was ordered by "Bloody" Judge Jeffreys to be transported to Barbados or any other of his majesty's plantations for being convicted of being a "Monmouth rebel". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Henry Austin, which was dated 1275, in the "County Pipe Rolls of Worcestershire", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Pete Austin
Good to know there are two tartans of Austin always fancied a kilt ! I always told by my late dad Austin had royal connections but hey I guess we all try that claim. Good to know im not the only Austin out there.

My great great grandfather was Saul Austin from somewere in Arkansas he had a brother name Lem Austin and a wife name Mattie Lewis-Austin and 10 children before leaving Arkansas may have other children out there somwere

reggie austin
are any of you guys black im black and my last name is austin

Lynsey Austin
I'm greek. Austin also comes from greek roots (:

L Austin

Any Austins here with a Barbados back ground?

thomas austin
I didn't know alot about the name Austin but I also didn't think there would be so many of us we should all link up and have a Austin party

Mary A.Austin
I am an Austin from Barbados, I am Black, I guess that I am part of the Family of the "Monmouth rebel" Thomas Austin. Hello to all you Austins out there. Love you all....

Sara smith
Searching for my roots, "" so to say "" . My great- grandmother and grandfather came to America following an extended say at one of Hitlers camps.... Mary Austin was my grandmother name... But there home was Belgium.,,, looking for any Belgium Austins...,

Tina austin-berry
My 5 times grandfather John Austin was married to Sarah in the 1700's they married in Pennsylvania but moved to Virginia then west Virginia my grandfather name argle austin married lucille Thatcher from Alabama. I want to learn more about my family history can someone help

andrew austin
The austins in my family came from England

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