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The name Dunstan is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived near a stony hill. Dunstan is derived from two Old English elements: dun and stan. Dun was a word for hill, and stan meant "stony." The translation of the name is therefore "stony hill." It is also possible that the name is patronymic; that is, derived from the name of a parent. Dunstan was a popular given name in England in the Middle Ages.

Dunstan Early Origins



The surname Dunstan was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very ancient times. The earliest reference of the name was of Dunstan (c.909 - 988,) who was an Abbot of Glastonbury, a Bishop of Worcester, a Bishop of London, and an Archbishop of Canterbury. He was later canonized as a saint. Durston is a village and civil parish in Somerset that dates back to the Domesday Books where it lists Roger Arundel as originally holding the land but later passed to William de Arlegh who founded the priory of Buckland Sororum (also known as Buckland Priory) in about 1167. The market-town and parish of Shiffnall in Shropshire was home to another branch of the family. "This place, formerly called Idsall, appears to have been of greater note than it is at present. It belonged to Earl Morcar prior to the Conquest, and at a period considerably later was the property of the family of Dunstanville, one of whom, Walter de Dunstanville, by the special command of Henry III., resided in the Marches, to protect them against the ravaging incursions of the Welsh. The estate afterwards came into the possession of the Badlesmeres, who obtained from Edward I. a market for two days in the week, and two yearly fairs." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Dunstan Spelling Variations


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Dunstan Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Dunstan family name include Dunstan, Dunston, Dunstone, Dunstane, Donston, Dunstavill and many more.

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Dunstan Early History


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Dunstan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunstan research. Another 283 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1202 and 1291 are included under the topic Early Dunstan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dunstan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dunstan Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Dunstan surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Dunstan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Dunstan, who arrived in Virginia in 1649
  • Peter Dunstan, who arrived in Virginia in 1650

Dunstan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaret Dunstan, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Margaret Dunstan, who arrived in Virginia in 1730
  • Anne Dunstan settled in Maryland in 1741

Dunstan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Dunstan, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Dunstan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Dunstan, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Dunstan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Dunstan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm
  • John Dunstan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lalla Rookh" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LALA ROOKH 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840LallaRookh.htm
  • Martha Dunstan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lalla Rookh" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LALA ROOKH 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840LallaRookh.htm
  • Walter Dunstan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1846
  • Thomas Dunstan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cressy" in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dunstan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas H. Dunstan, aged 22, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • Eliza Dunstan, aged 21, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • Grace Dunstan, aged 28, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celestial Queen" in 1872
  • Mary Dunstan, aged 18, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celestial Queen" in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dunstan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dunstan (post 1700)



  • Keith Dunstan (1925-2013), Australian journalist and author, son of William Dunstan VC
  • Lieutenant General Sir Donald Beaumont Dunstan AC, KBE, CB (b. 1923), Governor of South Australia from 23 April 1982 until 5 February 1991
  • Lieutenant William Dunstan VC (1895-1957), Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Sir Albert Arthur Dunstan (1882-1950), Australian politician, 33rd Premier of Victoria
  • Donald Allan Dunstan (1926-1999), Premier of South Australia between June 1967, and April 1968

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Dunstan Historic Events


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Dunstan Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Peter George Dunstan, MBE, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LALA ROOKH 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840LallaRookh.htm

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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The Dunstan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dunstan 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.

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