Hastings (name)

Hastings (name)

Hastings is an English surname and given name.



As a surname Hastings may sometimes be a patronymic surname from the Anglo-Norman personal name Hasting (also Hastain), but is usually a toponymic surname from Hastings in Sussex.[1]

Those bearing it include:

  • Henry Hastings, 1st Baron Loughborough (1610-1667)
  • Solon S. Hastings (1806-aft. 1864) Massachusetts legislator
  • Bill Hastings (footballer) (born 1888), English professional footballer
  • Steven J. Hastings (1850-aft. 1892) Vermont legislator
  • Smith H. Hastings (1843-1905) Union Col. and Medal of Honor winner
  • Thomas Nelson Hastings (1858-1907) Member of NH State Senate and friend of Thomas Edison
  • Wells Southworth Hastings (1878-1923) Author
  • Somerville Hastings (1878-1967) English Surgeon, Socialist and Member of Parliament
  • John Simpson Hastings (1898–1977), U.S. Federal Judge
  • Maj.Gen Kester Lovejoy Hastings (1897-1983), Quartermaster of the U.S. Army
  • Alcee Hastings (born 1936), American politician
  • Brian Hastings (born 1940), New Zealand cricketer
  • Reed Hastings (born 1960), Founder of Netflix
  • Bill Hastings (censor) (born c. 1960), Chief Censor of New Zealand from 1999 to 2010


Given names

There is a long Anglo-Saxon tradition of using family specific surnames as first and middle names. One common approach is to use the mother's maiden name as such.

See also


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H., A Dictionary of English Surnames, Oxford University Press, third edition revised by R.M.Wilson, 1997

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