Coston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Coston family

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

Early History of the Coston family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coston research. Another 218 words (16 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Coston family (pre 1700)

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United States Coston migration to the United States +

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 settled in America in 1678
Coston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hanna Coston, who settled in Maryland sometime between 1725 and 1726
  • Hannah Coston, who arrived in Annapolis, Maryland in 1726
  • Hannah Coston, who settled in Maryland in 1726
Coston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Coston, aged 50, who landed in Maine in 1812 [1]

Canada Coston migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Coston Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Coston, who arrived in Ontario in 1871

Australia Coston migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Coston Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Coston, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1849 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Coston (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • Dorian Coston, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 40th District, 2012 [3]

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1849. Retrieved from
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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