Bastion Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Bastion Origin:


Origins of Bastion:

This surname acquired from the name of an ancestor known as ‘the son of Sebastian.‘ In early, rare use in Cornwall and south-west England, where Spanish influence would be expected to control the area. Popularly Bastian as compare French Bastien, which probably had its effect on Basten. A number of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names developed in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court, were French and Latin. To make matters more difficult, old authors spelled words according to sound, so names frequently found differently in the different documents in which they noted. The name spelt Bastian, Basten, Bastin, Bastien, Bastion, Baston and much more.


More common variations are: Bastioni, Bastiony, Bastiono, Baustion, Bstion, Bastian, Bestion, Bustion, Pastion, Bostion.


The surname Bastion was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Estate. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having controlled over King Harold, given most of Britain to his many successful Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Lord, or a Priest, with 60 or more Lordships scattered all over the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They picked the Norman system of surnames which were recognized the under-tenant with his holdings so as to identify him from the senior stem of the family. After many revolutionary wars between his Barons, Duke William, he ordered a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the poll the Domesday Book, showing that those holders listed would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is declined from the tenant of the lands of St Columb Major who noted in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Sebastian is a masculine given name that was acquired from the Latin name Sebastianus meaning “from Sebastia” and is also a surname acquired from Saint Sebastian (died c. 288), an early Christian saint and martyr.


Many of the people with surname Bastion had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Bastion landed in the United States in four different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th. Some of the people with the name Bastion who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Francis Bastion, who landed in Virginia in the year 1666.

People with the surname Bastion who landed in the United States in the 18th century included George Bastion, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1762.

People with the surname Bastion who landed in the United States in the 19th century included Louis Bastion was a registered voter in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in the late year 1800’s. Antonio Bastion at the age of 38, arrived in New Orleans, La in the year 1839. Sophie Bastion at the age of 21, who landed in America, in the year 1892.

The following century saw more Bastion surnames arrive. Some of the people with the name Bastion who arrived in the United States in the 20th century included Samuel Bastion at the age of 33, who moved to America from Carn Brea, England, in the year 1913. Edith Bastion at the age of 36, who landed in America from Redruth, England, in 1915. Frederick A. Bastion at the age of 4, who landed in America from Redruth, England, in the year 1915. Edward Bastion at the age of 22, who settled in America from Camborne, England, in the year 1923. Frederick Arthur Bastion at the age of 14, who moved to the United States from St. Colomb, England, in the year 1924.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Bastion: United States 404; France 135; Australia 106; New Zealand 92; South Africa 91; Indonesia 54; Ukraine 36; England 32; Russia 27; India 20.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

First notation: nobilization 1816 Jan Grandville de Mallet W tarczy z dwiema pobocznicami niebieskimi – obłożonymi: prawa dwiema liliami złotymi w słup i lewa jedną takową – dwudzielnej w pas, w górnej części srebrnej mur z bramą, za nim trzy wieże, w dolnej czerwonej rzut poziomy bastionu. W klejnocie nad hełmem w koronie trzy pióra strusie, między prawym a środkowym gałązka z trzema zielonymi liśćmi.

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