Allston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Allston family
The surname Allston was first found in Lancashire where in the year 1246 when Roger de Alleston held estates in that county, close to Ribchester, of one the most important Roman forts in the north of England. Later a family seat was established at Dennington in Suffolk. " The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £36. 3. 4., and in the gift of the family of Alston." 
Alston or Altson-Moor is a market-town and parish, forming a union of itself, in Leath ward in the E. division of Cumberland. "Mining in this district is of some antiquity, several charters having been granted to the miners of "Alderston" in the 13th century. " 
Early History of the Allston family
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Allston Spelling Variations
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. Allston has been recorded under many different variations, including Alston, Allaston, Alleston, Allston, Elston and many more.
Early Notables of the Allston family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Edward Alston (1595-1669), President of the College of Physicians; and Sir Thomas Alston, 1st Baronet of Odell in the County of Bedford (c. 1609–1678); and his son, Sir Rowland Alston, 2nd Baronet (c. 1654–1697); and his son, Sir Thomas Alston, 3rd Baronet (c.1676-1714), an English Member of Parliament for Bedford (1698-1701); and his son, Sir Rowland Alston, 4th Baronet...
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Migration of the Allston family
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 Allston or a variant listed above: Alice Alston who settled in Quebec in 1870; Ann Alston who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1629; David Alston who arrived in New York City in 1806.
Contemporary Notables of the name Allston (post 1700) +
- Aaron Dale Allston (1960-2014), American novelist and game designer, known for his Star Wars novels
- Washington Allston (1779-1843), American poet and influential painter
- Robert Francis Withers Allston (1801-1864), Governor of South Carolina
- Johanna Allston (b. 1986), Australian orienteer
- Francis Allston Channing (1841-1926), 1st Baron Channing, American-born British barrister, academic, and Liberal Party politician, Member of Parliament for East Northamptonshire (1885-1910)
- Charles Allston Collins (1828-1873), English painter
- Allston M. Hatch, American Democrat politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Hancock County, 1919-20
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The Allston Motto +
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 Translation: Immoveable.
Suggested Readings for the name Allston +
- 1114 "The Alstons and Allstons of North Carolina and South Carolina" by Joseph Asbury Groves.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.