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Origin of Hoysted name
Posted by: Anthony Hoysted Date: May 06, 2000 at 04:41:24
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“The family of the Hanoverian historian of Kent, Edward Hasted ...was one branch
of an extensive local connexion originally of small yeomen and husbandmen in Kent
who must have derived from a common ancestor. By the 16th century the family
name had come to be spelt in a bewildering variety of ways - Hasted, Haisted,
Heighsted, Heghsted, Heysted, Haysted, Hoysted, Hysted, Highsted, and Histed - but
these varied forms related to the same dynasty and indeed sometimes occurred
together in the same will. Although the early relationships of the family cannot be
established with certainty, and the historian's own ancestry cannot definitely be traced
beyond his great grandfather, Moses Hasted of Canterbury (fl. 1650), the early
distribution of the surname in a group of eight or nine parishes between Faversham,
Sittingbourne, Hollingbourne, and Lenham suggests that it originated at a
farm-settlement in this area called Highsted. The fact that Highsted appears in early
medieval records in such forms as Heystede and Heghsted, as well as Highsted,
further supports this view. There is strong presumptive evidence, in fact, that all
those bearing the surname of Highsted or Hasted and its many variant forms derived
from a single common ancestor of the name who held Highsted at the end of the 12th
century. In this case the family has remained throughout its history almost entirely
confined to a single county. There are now 24 branches of it represented in the
current telephone directories for the Canterbury and Tunbridge Wells areas, which
between them cover Kent and East Sussex, whilst beyond this area the name is still
very rarely met with.

       I have mentioned the case of the Hasted family not because they were
exceptional but because they were typical of hundreds of other families of medieval
origin in Kent...”

Source: Everitt, Alan (1975). Foreword, in McKinley, Richard, Norfolk and Suffolk
surnames in the middle ages. London: Phillimore.


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