Elliston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Elliston begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in Nottinghamshire or Wiltshire. The name could also be classified as a baptismal name as in the son of Elstan and an earlier personal name Dunstan.

Early Origins of the Elliston family

The surname Elliston was first found in Nottinghamshire at Elston, a small village that lies between the rivers Trent and Devon and dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Elvestune, Eluestune and Eluestune [1] and probably meant "farmstead of a man called Eilafr" from an Old Scandinavian personal name + tun. [2]

The less likely local that the name could have been derived from is Elston in Wiltshire, a hamlet in the parish of St. George which was also listed in the Domesday Book, but as Wintreburne. [1]

The variant Elstob is most interesting. This family hails from Elstob, a township in the parish of Stainton, County Durham. [3] [4] This very small township (only 27 inhabitants in the late 1800's) [5] was the homestead of some remarkable people who we will soon discover. Early Assize Rolls listed Philip de Ellestob and William de Ellestobe 1235-1236 and Philip de Ellestob in 1269. [6]

Further to the north in Scotland, the name hails from "the lands of Elliston near Bowden, Roxburghshire where John, son of Iliue de Iliuestun or Ylif de Ylifstun, held these lands in the reign of Alexander II, and Laurence Ylifstun is mentioned in 1249. " [7]

Early History of the Elliston family

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Elliston 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 Elliston has undergone many spelling variations, including Elston, Elstone, Elliston, Elsden, Elsdon, Elson and others.

Early Notables of the Elliston family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Elizabeth Elstob (1683-1758), Anglo-Saxon scholar, born on 29 Sept. 1683 in St. Nicholas parish, Newcastle-on-Tyne. She was the sister of William Elstob (1673-1715.) He was an English divine, son of Ralph Elstob, merchant of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was baptised at All Saints' Church, Newcastle, on 1 Jan. 1673. [8] William Elstob (1673-1715), was an English divine, son of Ralph Elstob, merchant of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was baptised...
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Elliston Ranking

In the United States, the name Elliston is the 18,247th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [9]


United States Elliston 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 Elliston were among those contributors:

Elliston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Elliston, aged 13, who landed in Bermuda in 1635 [10]
  • Elizabeth Elliston, who arrived in Maryland in 1659 [10]
  • Samuel Elliston, who arrived in Virginia in 1695 [10]
Elliston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Elliston, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [10]

Australia Elliston migration to Australia +

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

Elliston Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Elliston, (b. 1760), aged 59, British Convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [11]
  • Mr. Robert Elliston, (b. 1813), aged 20, English seaman who was convicted in Middlesex, London, England for life for robbery, transported aboard the "Enchantress"on 6th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1846 [12]
  • Mr. Thomas Elliston, British convict who was convicted in Leeds, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "England" on 6th June 1835, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [13]

West Indies Elliston migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [14]
Elliston Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. William Elliston, (b. 1622), aged 13, British settler travelling aboard the ship "The Dorset" arriving in Barbados in September 1635 [15]

Contemporary Notables of the name Elliston (post 1700) +

  • George Elliston (1883-1946), American journalist from Kentucky
  • Joseph Thorpe Elliston (1779-1856), American politician, Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, 1813-17 [16]
  • Henry Twiselton Elliston (1801-1864), English musical composer and inventor, born in or about 1801, the second son of Robert William Elliston
  • Robert William Elliston (1774-1831), English actor and theatre manager from London
  • Jesse Elliston (1853-1973), English proprietor of Elliston & Cavell, the leading department store in Oxford, England until 1973
  • Ms. Louisa Elizabeth Elliston B.E.M., British recipient of Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to Sport and to Public Safety [17]
  • Captain George Sampson Elliston MC (1875-1954), British Conservative Member of Parliament for Blackburn from 1931 to 1945


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  3. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  6. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  7. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  8. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  9. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  10. ^ 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)
  11. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel
  12. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th April 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/enchantress
  13. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th April 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/england
  14. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  15. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 29th September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  16. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  17. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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