Bastion Coat of Arms
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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Bastion Name
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.
Bastion Coat of Arms Meaning
The main device (symbol) in the Bastion blazon is the fleur-de-lis. The two main tinctures (colors) are azure and or.
The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 1A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 2The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36.
The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.3Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 4A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.5Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.
The fleur-de-lys (“flower of the lily”) has a long and noble history and was a symbol associated with the royalty of France even before heraldry became widespread. 6Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 3. The Lily flower is said to represent “Purity, or whiteness of soul”7The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P134 and sometimes associated with the Virgin Mary. The fleur-de-lys is also used as a small “badge”, known as a mark of cadency to show that the holder is the sixth son of the present holder of the arms 8A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P489