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The Anglo-Saxon name Colston comes from when the family resided in either Colston Basset, which is in Carcolston in Nottinghamshire, or in Coulston, which lies in the county of Wiltshire. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The surname Colston often belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. However, the name Colston is also often a patronymic surname derived from the Old English name Colstan or the Old Norse name Kolstein.

Colston Early Origins



The surname Colston was first found in Nottinghamshire at Colston, now known as Colston Basset. The first record of the family was John de Colston who was listed here 20 Edward I. Some of the family were found in Yorkshire in early times. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list William Colstan and later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls list Johannes Colstane. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

As one would expect with listings so close to the Scottish border, Colston is near Bishopriggs, Lanarkshire, and Colstoun is found in East Lothian. However, the name is rare in Scotland. "Robert Colston, a Scotsman, had a safe conduct in England in 1465 and James Colston was an Edinburgh magistrate and local historian." [2]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)


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Colston Spelling Variations


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Colston Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Colston has been recorded under many different variations, including Coulston, Colston and others.

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Colston Early History


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Colston Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colston research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1636, 1721, 1672, 1719, 1708, 1713, 1636 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Colston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Colston Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Colston Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Sir Richard Coulston of Roundway; Edward Colston (1636-1721), a Bristol-born English merchant, philanthropist and Member of Parliament, eponym of the Colston bun, made of a yeast dough that is...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Colston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Colston or a variant listed above:

Colston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Colston who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Francis Colston, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Joseph Colston settled in New England in 1663
  • Joseph Colston, who arrived in New England in 1670
  • Joseph Colston settled in New England in 1670

Colston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Colston, who landed in Virginia in 1704

Colston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • B Colston, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Colston Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • William Colston (fl.16101612) English settler from Bristol to Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland in 1610, Deputy Governor from August 1611 to June 1612

Colston Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Ralph Colston, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

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Contemporary Notables of the name Colston (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Colston (post 1700)



  • Edward Colston (1786-1852), American politician, U.S. Representative from Virginia
  • Dr. James A. Colston (1910-1982), the first African-American to serve as president of a college in the state of New York, President of the Bronx Community College in 1966
  • Raleigh Edward Colston (1825-1896), French-born American professor, soldier, cartographer, writer and brigadier general for the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War
  • Marques Colston (b. 1983), American NFL football wide receiver
  • Peter R. Colston (b. 1935), English ornithologist, former Senior Curator at the Natural History Museum
  • Charles Edward Hungerford Atholl Colston (1854-1925), 1st Baron Roundway, British Conservative Party politician
  • Malcolm Arthur "Mal" Colston (1938-2003), Australian politician, Senator in the Parliament of Australia for Queensland between 1975 and 1999

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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