The place name in England is derived from the Old English tribal name Hæstingas, meaning "Hæsta's people", "the family/followers of Hæsta", which was later transferred to their settlement.
The family name has two possible sources:
- from the place name
- a patronymic surname derived from the Anglo-Norman personal name Hasten(c), Hastang
The later place names in other countries are named either after people with that family name, or after the town of Hastings in England.
- Hastings was a man of immense industry, with an insatiable appetite for detail.
- When Hastings landed at Calcutta in October 1750 the affairs of the East India Company were at a low ebb.
- WARREN HASTINGS (1732-1818), the first governor-general of British India, was born on the 6th of December 17 3 2 in the little hamlet of Churchill in Oxfordshire.
- His mother died a few days after giving him birth; his father, Pynaston Hastings, drifted away to perish obscurely in the West Indies.
- Thus unfortunate in his birth, young Hastings received the elements of education at a charity school in his native village.