Dust History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the distinguished English surname Dust begins before the fateful Norman Conquest of 1066. The name is Anglo-Saxon in origin, and is derived from the Old English "dust," meaning "dust." This name was probably first bestowed as a nickname, either on someone with pale skin or hair, someone considered to be of little worth, or a laborer.

Early Origins of the Dust family

The surname Dust was first found in the county of Oxford, where Ulf Dust was recorded as early as 1030. The nickname origins of Dust make it likely that the surname emerged independently in different English counties, thus creating several different branches of the Dust family during the Middle Ages.

Important Dates for the Dust family

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Dust Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dust, Doust and others.

Early Notables of the Dust family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Dust family to Ireland

Some of the Dust family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dust migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dust Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Bryan Dust, who arrived in Virginia in 1723 [1]
  • Conrad Dust, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • Gottfried Dust, who landed in New York, NY in 1754 [1]

Dust migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dust Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Dust, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cape Finisterre" in 1879
  • Beatrice Dust, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cape Finisterre" in 1879

Citations

  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)
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