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Alston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , Scottish


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


Early Origins of the Alston family


The surname Alston 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.

Early History of the Alston family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alston research.
Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1681 and 1905 are included under the topic Early Alston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Alston 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. Alston has appeared as Aldanston, Alston, Auldston, Alstounes, Alstone, Alstowne, Aldenston and many more.

Early Notables of the Alston family (pre 1700)


More information is included under the topic Early Alston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Alston family to Ireland


Some of the Alston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Alston 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:

Alston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann Alston who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1629
  • Ann Alston, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1629 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Rose Alston, who landed in New England in 1661 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Rose Alston, who settled in New England in 1661
  • John Alston, who settled in Barbados in 1685
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Alston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel and William Alston, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767

Alston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Alston was Governor of South Carolina in the early 1800s
  • James Alston who settled in Jamaica in 1801
  • David Alston who arrived in New York City in 1806
  • Mr. Alston, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1821 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • William Alston, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Alston Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Alston an immigrant from Liverpool, was married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1858 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Alice Alston who settled in Quebec in 1870

Alston Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Alston, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LORD GODERICH 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838LordGoderich.htm
  • Agnes Charlotte Alston, who arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  • John Alston, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  • Helen Alston, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  • Jean Alston, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Alston Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Alston, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avon" in 1860

Contemporary Notables of the name Alston (post 1700)


  • Lee J. Alston (b. 1951), American Professor of Economics at the University of Colorado
  • Jon Alston (b. 1983), American film director, screenwriter, film producer and former NFL football player
  • Garvin James Alston (b. 1971), American retired Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher
  • C. Donald Alston, American contemporary Major General in the United States Air Force
  • Derrick Samuel Alston (b. 1972), American former NBA professional basketball player
  • Wendell "Dell" Alston (b. 1952), American former Major League Baseball right-handed outfielder
  • Charles Henry Alston (1907-1977), African-American painter, sculptor, illustrator, muralist
  • Walter Emmons Alston (1911-1984), American baseball player and manager
  • William P. Alston (1921-2009), American philosopher, professor emeritus at Syracuse University
  • Edward Richard Alston (1845-1881), Scottish zoologist
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Alston family



HMS Repulse

  • Mr. John Alston, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

Suggested Readings for the name Alston


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

The Alston 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


  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)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LORD GODERICH 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838LordGoderich.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  7. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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