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

The name langston is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in the region of Langton in eight parishes. langston is a habitation name from the broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the langston family name include Langton, Langston and others.

First found in Leicestershire, but one of the earliest record of the name was Cardinal Stephen Langton (c.11501228), who was Archbishop of Canterbury (1207 until death in 1228.) He was a critical player in the dispute between King John of England and Pope Innocent III, which ultimately led to the issuing of Magna Carta in 1215.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our langston research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1228, 1207, 1228, 1215, 1279, 1248, 1227, 1248, 1337, 1305, 1337, 1501, 1659, 1645, 1648, 1614, 1622, 1625, 1626, 1698 and 1788 are included under the topic Early langston History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 281 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early langston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the langston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the langston surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

langston Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Langston, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • An Langston, who landed in Virginia in 1665
  • Thomas Langston, who landed in Maryland in 1677
  • Mary Langston, aged 14, landed in Virginia in 1684

langston Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Langston, who arrived in America in 1760-1763


  • Mark Langston (b. 1960), American four-time All-star, seven-time Gold Glove Award winning Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1984 to 1999
  • John Mercer Langston (1829-1897), African American abolitionist, civil rights pioneer, first African American member of Congress, eponym of Langston, Oklahoma and Langston University
  • Wann Langston Jr. (1921-2013), American paleontologist and former professor at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Charles Henry Langston (1817-1892), American abolitionist and political activist, he and his brother Gideon were the first African Americans to attend Oberlin College in Ohio in 1835, an older brother of John Mercer Langston
  • Grant Langston (b. 1966), American singer-songwriter
  • Bethany 'Beth' Langston (b. 1992), English cricketer
  • Grant Langston (b. 1982), South African former Grand Prix motocross world champion (2000, 2007)
  • James Haughton Langston (1797-1863), British landowner and politician, High Sheriff of Oxfordshire (1819-1820), Member of Parliament for Woodstock (1820-1826) and for Oxford (1826-1836) and (1841-1863)
  • Murray Langston (b. 1945), birth name of The Unknown Comic, Canadian comic, best known for his comic performances on The Gong Show where he appeared with a paper bag over his head


  • Landon (also Langston) Family History by Joy Deal Lehmann.
  • Langstons and their Kin by Inez M. McClellan.

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: Loyal au mort
Motto Translation: Faithful unto death.


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  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The langston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The langston 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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