Elfinstone History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Elfinstone family

The surname Elfinstone was first found in Midlothian, where they were granted lands by King Robert the I of Scotland. Elvington is a parish in the East Riding or Yorkshire. "This place derives its name, according to some, from the ancient eel-fisheries in the district; according to others, from Aluf, a Saxon, to whom Elvington, then written Alvintone, is described in Domesday Book as belonging: some, again, deduce it from the Latin Alveus." [1]

Early History of the Elfinstone family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elfinstone research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1300, 1431, 1514, 1513, 1513, 1510, 1547, 1530, 1602, 1552, 1638, 1553, 1612, 1577, 1648, 1654, 1647, 1669, 1649 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Elfinstone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Elfinstone Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Elphinstone, Elphinston, Elphingston and many more.

Early Notables of the Elfinstone family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was William Elphinstone (1431-1514), Scottish statesman, Bishop of Aberdeen and founder of the University of Aberdeen; Alexander Elphinstone, 1st Lord Elphinstone (died 1513) killed at the Battle of Flodden in September 1513; Alexander Elphinstone, 2nd Lord Elphinstone (1510-1547); Robert Elphinstone, 3rd...
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Elfinstone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Elfinstone family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Will and Anne Elphingston who settled in Georgia in 1733; Alexander Elphinstone arrived in Philadelphia in 1860.



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


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