The name St. Alban arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The St. Alban family lived in Devon
. Their name, however, is a reference to St. Albine de Terregatt, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the St. Alban family
The surname St. Alban was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the St. Alban family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our St. Alban research.Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1684, 1640, 1645, 1687, 1670, 1714, 1702, 1744, 1726 and 1772 are included under the topic Early St. Alban History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
St. Alban Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled St. Albyn, St. Awbyne, St. Aubyn, St. Alban and many more.
Early Notables of the St. Alban family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John St. Albyn; John St Aubyn (1613-1684), English politician in the House of Commons (1640), Colonel in the Parliamentary Army in the English Civil War... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early St. Alban Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the St. Alban family to Ireland
Some of the St. Alban family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 85 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the St. Alban family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with St. Alban name or one of its variants:
St. Alban Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Jonathan St. Alban, who settled in Barbados in 1663
The St. Alban 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: Deus meus, dux meus
Motto Translation: My god is my guide.