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Where did the Scottish Ralston family come from? When did the Ralston family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ralston family history?Today's generation of the Ralston family inherits a name that was first used by the Scottish tribe known as the Picts. The first family to use the name Ralston lived in the lands or barony of Ralston, which are near Paisley in the county of Renfrew (now part of the Strathclyde region).
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Ralston has appeared Ralston, Ralstoun, Rowlston, Rowlstone and others.
First found in Renfrewshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ralston research. Another 213 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1448, and 1705 are included under the topic Early Ralston History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ralston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Ralston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Ralston:
Ralston Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Ralston Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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