Elsten History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Elsten family

The surname Elsten was first found in Lancashire where in the year 1246 when Roger de Alleston held estates in that county, close to Ribchester, of one the most important Roman forts in the north of England. Later a family seat was established at Dennington in Suffolk. " The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £36. 3. 4., and in the gift of the family of Alston." [1]

Alston or Altson-Moor is a market-town and parish, forming a union of itself, in Leath ward in the E. division of Cumberland. "Mining in this district is of some antiquity, several charters having been granted to the miners of "Alderston" in the 13th century. " [1]

Early History of the Elsten family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elsten research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1194, 1275, 1455, 1487, 1643, 1660, 1886, 1700, 1595, 1669, 1609, 1678, 1654, 1697, 1676, 1714, 1698, 1701, 1678, 1769, 1682, 1688, 1640, 1689, 1665, 1716, 1691, 1718, 1692, 1750 and 1809 are included under the topic Early Elsten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Elsten Spelling Variations

Elsten has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Alston, Allaston, Alleston, Allston, Elston and many more.

Early Notables of the Elsten family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Edward Alston (1595-1669), President of the College of Physicians; and Sir Thomas Alston, 1st Baronet of Odell in the County of Bedford (c. 1609–1678); and his son, Sir Rowland Alston, 2nd Baronet (c. 1654–1697); and his son, Sir Thomas Alston, 3rd Baronet (c.1676-1714), an English Member of Parliament for Bedford (1698-1701); and his son, Sir Rowland Alston, 4th Baronet...
Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Elsten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Elsten family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Elstens to arrive on North American shores: Alice Alston who settled in Quebec in 1870; Ann Alston who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1629; David Alston who arrived in New York City in 1806.



The Elsten Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Immotus
Motto Translation: Immoveable.


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


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