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The Durston name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived near a stony hill. Durston 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.

Durston Early Origins



The surname Durston 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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Durston Spelling Variations


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Durston 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 Durston has undergone many spelling variations, including Dunstan, Dunston, Dunstone, Dunstane, Donston, Dunstavill and many more.

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Durston Early History


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Durston Early History



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

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Durston Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Durston Early Notables (pre 1700)



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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 Durston were among those contributors:

Durston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Durston, aged 24, who arrived in America, in 1892
  • Oliver Durston, aged 40, who arrived in America, in 1894
  • Mary Durston, aged 8, who arrived in America, in 1896

Durston Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Samuel Durston, aged 60, who arrived in America, in 1904
  • George C. Durston, aged 57, who arrived in America, in 1909
  • Gilbert Durston, aged 24, who arrived in America, in 1911
  • James Samuel Durston, aged 22, who arrived in America from Truro, England, in 1913
  • Alice Durston, aged 44, who arrived in America, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Durston (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Durston (post 1700)



  • David E. Durston (1921-2010), American screenwriter and film director, known for writing and directing the television series Playhouse 90 (1956-1960)
  • Charles F. Durston, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 26th District, 1878
  • Wesley John Durston (b. 1980), English cricketer who plays for Derbyshire
  • Frederick John "Jack" Durston (1893-1965), English cricketer who played for Middlesex and England in the 1920s
  • Air Marshal Sir Albert Durston KBE CB AFC (1894-1959), British senior Royal Air Force officer, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (1945-1946)

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. 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).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Durston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Durston 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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