The surname Austin is of English and French origin. It is derived from the Middle English, Old French given name Austin, the vernacular form of the Latin ‘Augustinus’ ( a derivative of Augustus ). This was an extremely popular given name in every part of Western Europe during the Middle Ages, owing its popularity chiefly to St.Augustine of Hippo ( 354-430 ), whose influence on Cristianity is generally considered to be second only to that of St.Paul. Various religious orders came to be formed following rules named in his honor, including the ‘Austin canons’, established in the eleventh century and the ‘Austin friars’, a medicant order dating from the thirteenth century. The popularity of the name in England was further increased by the fact that it was borne by St.Augustine of Canterbury an Italian Benedictine monk known as the ‘apostle of the English’, who brought Cristianity to England in 597 and founded the see of Canterbury. The name dates as far back as the early twelfth century were a Austnus de Bernardeston is recorded in historical archives. A modern form of the na… Coat of arms: Gules, a lamb st…
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