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Where did the English Aston family come from? What is the English Aston family crest and coat of arms? When did the Aston family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Aston family history?

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Aston come from when the family resided in the place named Aston, in the county of Stafford.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Aston has been recorded under many different variations, including Aston, Asten, Astyn, Astin, Astyne, Astley and others.

First found in the counties of Cheshire and Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, probably some centuries before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aston research. Another 169 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1558, 1590, 1649, 1600, 1645, 1606, 1656, 1584, 1639, 1609, 1678, 1621, 1633 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Aston History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 177 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Aston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Aston or a variant listed above:

Aston Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Aston, who landed in Virginia in 1624
  • Walter Aston, who arrived in Virginia in 1628
  • Edward Aston in Barbados in 1634
  • Robert Aston, settled in Virginia in 1634 soon after the Mayflower
  • William Aston settled in Barbados in 1635


Aston Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Richard Aston in Maryland in 1775

Aston Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Alex Aston, who arrived in America in 1804
  • Charles Young Aston, aged 34, landed in Missouri in 1841
  • William Preston Aston, aged 42, arrived in Missouri in 1841
  • William Aston, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • Edward Aston, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1858


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  • Bernard Cracroft Aston (1871-1951), English chemist and botanist
  • Henry Hervey Aston (1759-1798), English cricketer
  • Jack Aston (1877-1934), English footballer
  • Ken Aston (1915-2001), English footballer
  • Randolph Aston (1869-1930), English rugby player
  • Manuel Aston (b. 1961), Australian playwright and author
  • Sir William Aston (1916-1997), Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives
  • Bill Aston (1900-1974), British racing driver
  • Francis William Aston (1877-1945), British chemist and physicist who won the 1922 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his discovery", by means of his mass spectrograph
  • William George Aston (1841-1911), British consular official and Japanologist

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Numine et patriae asto
Motto Translation: I stand by God and my country.

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  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Aston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Aston Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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