Origin, Meaning, Family History and Hastie Coat of Arms and Family Crest
Origins of Hastie:
This name, with various spelling Hasty, is of ancient English origin and acquires from the Middle English (1200 – 1500) “hasti,” a hereditary of the Old French “hastif” which means speedy or quick, and frequently given as a nickname to a quick or hasty person. The surname was first noted at the start of the 13th Century. In 1221, one Richard Hasty was found as an observer in the Assize Court Rolls of Warwickshire, and a Richard le Hastie was listed in the Court Rolls of Lancaster, dated 1326. In 1376, Robert and John Hasty, residents in Herthornhill, were recorded in the Ancient Licenses of the Earldom of Morton, Scotland, and in 1478, Thom Hasti “witnessed an implement of sasine.” James Hastie (1786 – 1826) was a local servant of Great Britain in Madagascar, who served in the ranks during the Mahratta war and arranged a deal with Radama I of Madagascar during the period (1817 – 1826).
More common variations are: Heastie, Hastaie, Haistie, Haste, Hasti, Haiste, Hastey, Heaste, Hestie, Hasoti.
The surname Hastie first appeared in Lanarkshire, an old district in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now parted into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat from old times. Some say well before the Norman invasion and the appearance of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Robert Hastif, dated about 1202, in the “Curia Regis Rolls of Wiltshire.” It was during the time of King John who was known to be the “Lackland,” dated 1199-1216. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.
Many of the people with surname Hastie had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Hastie landed in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Hastie who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included William Hastie who settled in New England in 1685. William Hastie, who landed in New Jersey in 1685.
People with the surname Hastie who landed in the United States in the 18th century included John Hastie landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1774.
The following century saw more Hastie surnames arrive. Some of the people with the surname Hastie who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Robert Hastie arrived in New York in 1812.
with the surname Hastie who settled in Canada in the 19th century included Mr. John Hastie U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick near the year 1784, a member of the Port Matoon Association.
Some of the individuals with the surname Hastie who landed in Australia in the 19th century included Charles Hastie arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832. Robert Hastie arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship “Medina.” Thomas Hastie arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship “Shackamaxon.”
Some of the population with the surname Hastie who arrived in New Zealand in the 19th century included Robert Hastie, Janet Hastie, and Thomas Hastie, all came to Otago aboard the ship “Philip Laing” in 1848. John Hastie arrived in Nelson aboard the ship “Mariner” in 1849.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Hastie: United States 2,050; England 2,027; Australia 1,810; Scotland 1,404; South Africa 1,242; Canada 821; New Zealand 639; Malaysia 177; Wales 56; Switzerland 36.
Alex Hastie (1935–2010), was a Scottish rugby union player.
Andrew Hastie (born 1970), is a New Zealand field hockey player.
Archibald Hastie (20th century), is a Scottish football player.
Harry Hastie (FL. 1919–1920), was an English football player.
Iain Hastie (FL. 1971–), is a New Zealand football player.
Hastie Coat of Arms Meaning
The main device (symbol) in the Hastie blazon is the lion. The two main tinctures (colors) are vert and or.
The deep green colour that is so often observed in heraldry is more properly known as vert. According to Wade, the use of this colour signifies “Hope and Joy”, but may also represent, rather delightfully, “Loyalty in Love” 1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It has other names also, the French call it sinople, perhaps after a town in Asia Minor from where the best green die materials could be found 2A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vert. More fanciful heralds liked to associate it with the planet venus and the precious stone emerald 3Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. More strangely, there is some evidence that the term prasin was anciently used, being the Greek for the vegetable we call the Leek!
Or is the heraldic metal Gold, often shown as a bold, bright yellow colour. It is said to show “Generosity and elevation of the mind” 4The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35. Later heralds, of a more poetic nature liked to refer to it as Topaz, after the gemstone, and, for obvious reasons associated it with the Sun 5Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In drawings without colour it is usually represented by many small dots, or by the letter ‘O’ 6A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P76-77.
The art of heraldry would be significantly poorer if we were without the lion in all its forms. Most general works on Heraldry devote at least one chapter solely to this magnificent creature and its multifarious depictions 7A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172 8Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63 9Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140. Some of the earliest known examples of heraldry, dating right back to the knighting of Geoffrey of Anjou in 1127, where he is shown with six such beasts upon his shield 10A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45 .The great authority on heraldic symbology, Wade, points out the high place that the lion holds in heraldry, “as the emblem of deathless courage” 11The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60, a sentiment echoed equally today.