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The place name in England is derived from the Old English tribal name Hæstingas (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[edit]


  1. A place name, including
    1. A town in East Sussex, England.
    2. A city in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.
    3. A city in Dakota and Washington Counties, Minnesota, USA, and the county seat of Dakota County.
    4. A city in Nebraska, USA, and the county seat of Adams County.
  2. A habitational surname​.
  3. A patronymic surname​.


  • Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges, The Oxford Names Companion, Oxford University Press 2002. ↑ISBN
  • P. H. Reaney, A Dictionary of English Surnames, 3rd edition revised by R. M. Wilson, Oxford University Press 1997. ↑ISBN