Testone History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Testone family
The surname Testone was first found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
Teston is an ancient Saxon village in the Maidstone District of Kent. Dating back to the 10th century it was first known as Terstan, but by the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, the village was known by Testan. The place name literally means "stone with a gap or hole," from the Old English words taer + stan. 
The Testonites were an influential group of English abolitionists in the 1780s from Teston, Kent. The group met at Barham Court, home of Charles Middleton, 1st Baron Barham and was inspired by the sufferings that The Reverend James Ramsay (1733-1789) saw in the West Indies. The group inspired the passage of the Slave Trade Act in 1807.
Important Dates for the Testone family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Testone research. Another 142 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1100, 1167, 1563, 1543, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Testone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Testone Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Daston, Dasston, Dastone, Taston Tasston, Deston, Desston, Teston, Tesston and many more.
Early Notables of the Testone family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Testone family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
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- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)