It is a given name transferred from the surname. The Astor family is a prominent German American family notable for its importance in business, society and politics in the United States and the United Kingdom during the 19th and early 20th century. The surname "Astor" is of German origin, appearing in North America during the eighteenth century with john Jacob Astor. For many years, the members of the Astor family were known as “the landlords of new York”. Their New York city namesakes are the famous Waldorf-Astoria hotel, an Astor row, Astor court, Astor place, and Astor avenue in the Bronx, where the Astors used to stable horses. The neighborhood of Astoria, queens, is named after the family as well.