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AGOSTINI Family HistoryRecorded in over seventy spellings ranging from Augustin, Aoustin, Outin (France), Agostino, Agostini, D'Agostino, D'Agostini (Italian), Augustein, Auxten (Germany), Austen, Austin and Augustine (England), this is a medieval surname of biblical and Roman origins. Introduced into Europe in the 12th century by the returning Crusaders from the Holy Land, the derivation is from the pre Christian "Augustus" meaning venerable or sacred. The name was particularly popular on the continent where it was and still is, associated with St Augustine and the monasteries that he founded in the 7th century, but less so in Britain where after the Reformation and the antics of King Henry V111, it was no longer politic to hold a name associated with the old religion...
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