Last name origins & meanings:
- Dutch and North German: from a vernacular personal name, a
variant of Karsten.
- German: from Middle High German
kasten ‘chest’, ‘coffer’ or kornkasten ‘grain bin’,
hence a metonymic occupational name for the manager of a granary, and
later for the treasurer of an estate or guild. See also
- South German (Bavaria): topographic name
from the dialect word Kasten ‘crag’, ‘steep rock’.
(Kastén): from an unexplained first element, perhaps part of
a place name, + the adjectival suffix -én, a derivative of
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