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The Coston name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived near a notable chestnut tree. The surname is derived from Anglo-French casteyn, which means chestnut. As such, Coston is a member of the topographic class of surnames, which were given to people who resided near noticeable physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of tree. However, Coston may also belong to the category of habitation surnames which were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case, the surname Coston is derived from the parish of Caston which lies near Watton in the county of Norfolk.

Coston Early Origins



The surname Coston was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Coston Spelling Variations


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Coston Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Coston has undergone many spelling variations, including Caston, Catestune, Casteyn, Cateston, Coston, Caustun, Castine, Castin, Castoun and many more.

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Coston Early History


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Coston Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coston research. Another 392 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1200, 1273, 1327, 1349, 1369, 1415, 1500, 1604, 1790, and 1796 are included under the topic Early Coston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Coston Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Coston Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Coston were among those contributors:

Coston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Coston, who came to America in 1678

Coston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hanna Coston, who came to Maryland sometime between 1725 and 1726
  • Hannah Coston, who arrived in Annapolis, Maryland in 1726
  • Hannah Coston settled in Maryland in 1726

Coston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Coston, aged 50, landed in Maine in 1812

Coston Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Coston, who arrived in Ontario in 1871

Coston Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Coston arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Coston (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Coston (post 1700)



  • Dorian Coston, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 40th District, 2012
  • Martha J. Coston (1826-1904), American inventor of the Coston flare, a device for signaling at sea
  • Junius Coston (b. 1983), American NFL football offensive tackle

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    The Coston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coston Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 23 November 2016 at 14:42.

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