The place name in England is derived from the Old English tribal name Hæstingas, meaning "Hæsta's people", "the family/followers of Hæsta", which was later transferred to their settlement.
The family name has two possible sources:
- from the place name
- a patronymic surname derived from the Anglo-Norman personal name Hasten(c), Hastang
The later place names in other countries are named either after people with that family name, or after the town of Hastings in England.
Proper noun 
- Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges, The Oxford Names Companion, Oxford University Press 2002. ISBN 0-19-860561-7
- P. H. Reaney, A Dictionary of English Surnames, 3rd edition revised by R. M. Wilson, Oxford University Press 1997. ISBN 0-19-860092-5