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Where did the Scottish Johnston family come from? What is the Scottish Johnston family crest and coat of arms? When did the Johnston family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Johnston family history?A Boernician family in ancient Scotland first used the name Johnston. They 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, Dumfriesshire. The place name comes from the personal name John, and the Middle English tone or toun, meaning "a town." Other places so named in Scotland include St. John's Toun (now the city of Perth).
Scribes in the Middle Ages simply spelled according to sound. The result is an enormous number of spelling variations among names that evolved in that era. Johnston has been spelled Jonsoom, Jonstoombe, Johnson, Johnstome, Jonstoom, Jonstoomb, Johnstolm, Jonsome, Johnstume, Jonstolm, Jonsolm, Jonstum, Jonstome, Jonsom, Jonsum, Jonstume, Jonsomb, Jonsombe, Jonsoombe, Jonsoomb and many more.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Johnston research. Another 477 words (34 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 Johnston History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 185 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Johnston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Johnston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Most of the Boernician-Scottish families who came to North America settled on the eastern seaboard of what would become the United States and Canada. Families who wanted a new order stayed south in the War of Independence, while those who were still loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, the ancestors of these families have gone on to rediscover their heritage through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Johnston or a variant listed above:
Johnston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Johnston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Johnston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Johnston Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Johnston Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Johnston Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Johnston Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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
A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...More
Septs of the Distinguished Name Johnston
Jeanson, Johmson, Johnsan, Johnsand, Johnsane, Johnsant, Johnsen, Johnsend, Johnsent, Johnsind, Johnsint, Johnson, Johnstolm, Johnstom, Johnstomb, Johnstombe, Johnstome, Johnston, Johnstone, Johnstoom, Johnstoomb, Johnstoombe, Johnstown, Johnstum, Johnstume, Johnswon, Johnsyn, Johnsynd, Joneson, Jonsolm, Jonsom, Jonsomb, Jonsombe, Jonsome, Jonson, Jonsone, Jonsoom, Jonsoomb, Jonsoombe, Jonsown, Jonsson, Jonstolm, Jonstom, Jonstomb, Jonstombe, Jonstome, Jonston, Jonstone, Jonstoom, Jonstoomb and more.
The Johnston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Johnston 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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