Origins Available: English
Johnstan was first used as a surname by the descendents of the ancient Boernician
clans of Scotland
. The Johnstan family lived in any of several place names in Scotland. Most instances of the name are thought to come from the barony of John's Town in Annandale
. The place name comes from the personal name John,
and the Middle English tone
meaning "a town." Other places so named in Scotland
include St. John's Toun (now the city of Perth).
Early Origins of the Johnstan family
The surname Johnstan was first found in Dumfries (now part of the region of Galloway) where they held the barony of John's Town. There is a heraldic similarity with the Kirkpatrick family coat of arms, leading to the belief that John was a descendant of Gospatrick, Earl of Northumberland
. Gilbert, son of John received a parcel of land in southern Annandale
from William Bruce, Lord of Annandale
, some time between 1195 and 1214.
"Shortly after 1174 John the founder of the family of Johnstone, gave his name to his lands in Annandale, Dumfriesshire, whence his son Gilbert took his surname. 'Who John, the father of Gilbert, was it is now perhaps impossible to determine. He may have been a native settler who, when the Bruces were made lords of Annandale, elected to hold his lands from them, or, as seems most likely, he followed his overlords from their Yorkshire, or more southern, estates, and was gifted with the lands to which he gave his name, and which, later, formed the parish and barony of Johnstone.'" CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Johnstan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Johnstan research.Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1611, 1663, 1625, 1672, 1664, 1721, 1701, 1602, 1653, 1687, 1730, 1697, 1772, 1743, 1754, 1711, 1700 and are included under the topic Early Johnstan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Johnstan Spelling Variations
In the many years before the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries, names and other words were spelled according to sound, often differently with each person who wrote them. Spelling variations
of Johnstan include Jonsoom, Jonstoombe, Johnson, Johnstome, Jonstoom, Jonstoomb, Johnstolm, Jonsome, Johnstume, Jonstolm, Jonsolm, Jonstum, Jonstome, Jonsom, Jonsum, Jonstume, Jonsomb, Jonsombe, Jonsoombe, Jonsoomb and many more.
Early Notables of the Johnstan family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Archibald Johnston, Lord Warriston (1611-1663), a Scottish judge and statesman; James Johnstone (1625-1672), 1st Earl of Annandale
and Hartfell; his son William Johnstone (1664-1721), 2nd Earl of Annandale
and Hartfell, who was made 1st Marquess of Annandale
in 1701; James Johnstone... Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Johnstan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Johnstan family to Ireland
Some of the Johnstan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 73 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Johnstan family to the New World and Oceana
In many cases, the ancestors of many of these Boernician-Scottish people are just now learning of their Scottish heritage. Since the trip was so arduous, and many were fleeing from poverty itself, settlers brought little with them and often had nothing of their personal history to hand down to their children. Clan
societies and highland games have helped to correct this problem in the 20th century. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Johnstans to arrive on North American shores: Archibald Johnston, who settled in Barbados with his two sons and servants in 1680; George Johnston, who came to New England
in 1685; John Johnstone, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685.
The Johnstan 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: Nunquam non paratus
Motto Translation: Never unprepared