Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in either Colston Basset, which is in Carcolston in Nottinghamshire, or in Coulston, which lies in the county of Wiltshire. 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 Cooulston 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 Cooulston is also often a patronymic surname derived from the Old English name Colstan or the Old Norse name Kolstein.
Early Origins of the Cooulston family
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. 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Early History of the Cooulston family
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Cooulston Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Cooulston include Coulston, Colston and others.
Early Notables of the Cooulston family (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...
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Migration of the Cooulston family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cooulston or a variant listed above: John Colston who settled in Virginia in 1653; Joseph Colston settled in New England in 1670; Francis Coulston settled in Virginia in 1656; Thomas Coulston arrived in New England in 1755..
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