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It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Allston. It was a name for someone who lived in Cumberland.

Early Origins of the Allston family


The surname Allston was first found in Cumberland, where they held the manor of Aldanstone. One of the first records of the name was "Jurdan de Aldanston [who] was juror on an inquisition held at Berwick on the lands of Lady Elena de la Zuche lying in the sheriffdom of Edinburgh, 1296." [1]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)
In the same year, Andreu de Haldanstone of Edinburghshire rendered homage to King Edward I after his conquest of Scotland. In the same century, the name had often been shortened to Alston, and in some cases lengthened to Haldanston. The Scottish branch at Craig Head in Lanarkshire and at Westerton in Dumbartonshire also assumed the spelling of Auldston and Alstounes.

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Early History of the Allston family

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Early History of the Allston family


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Allston Spelling Variations

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Allston Spelling Variations


Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Allston has appeared as Aldanston, Alston, Auldston, Alstounes, Alstone, Alstowne, Aldenston and many more.

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Early Notables of the Allston family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Allston family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Allston family to Ireland

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Migration of the Allston family to Ireland


Some of the Allston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Allston family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Allston family to the New World and Oceana


The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them: Samuel and William Alston settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767; John Alston settled in Barbados in 1685; Rose Alston settled in New England in 1661. In Newfoundland, John Alston an immigrant from Liverpool, was married in St. John's in 1858..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Allston (post 1700)

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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

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Suggested Readings for the name Allston

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Suggested Readings for the name Allston


  • The Alstons and Allstons of North Carolina and South Carolina by Joseph Asbury Groves.

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The Allston Motto

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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: Immotus
Motto Translation: Immoveable.


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Citations

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Citations


  1. ^ 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)

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