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Alstyne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancestors of the Alstyne family lived among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Alstyne is a name for someone who lived in Cumberland.

Early Origins of the Alstyne family


The surname Alstyne 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 Alstyne family


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

Alstyne Spelling Variations


Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Alstyne has been spelled Aldanston, Alston, Auldston, Alstounes, Alstone, Alstowne, Aldenston and many more.

Early Notables of the Alstyne family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Alstyne family to Ireland


Some of the Alstyne 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 Alstyne family to the New World and Oceana


Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. 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..

Contemporary Notables of the name Alstyne (post 1700)


  • Egbert Anson Van Alstyne (1878-1951), American songwriter and pianist
  • Thomas Jefferson Van Alstyne (1827-1903), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 16th District, 1883-85; Defeated, 1884; Mayor of Albany, New York, 1898-99 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Philip Van Alstyne, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Montgomery County, 1797-98 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Peter Van Alstyne, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Columbia County, 1801-02 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • P. Ed Van Alstyne, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Columbia County 2nd District, 1860 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Martin Van Alstyne, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County, 1824 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John Van Alstyne, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County, 1820-21 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • David S. Van Alstyne Jr. (b. 1897), American Republican politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Bergen County, 1940-41; Member of New Jersey State Senate from Bergen County, 1944-53 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Clayton Van Alstyne, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Columbia County, 1937 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Abraham J. Van Alstyne, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Albany County, 1785-86 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Alstyne 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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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