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Where did the Scottish Hairston family come from? What is the Scottish Hairston family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hairston family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hairston family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Hairstanis, Hairston, Harstans, Harstens, Hairstanes, Harston, Harsten, Harstan, Harstons and many more.

First found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat in both Dumfries and south of the border in Cumberland where the name was more commonly spelled Harstan or Harston.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hairston research. Another 174 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1570 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Hairston History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hairston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hairston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Peter Hairston, who landed in Virginia in 1747

Hairston Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Anna M. Hairston, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Leonard Hairston, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1924

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  • William G. Hairston, American politician, Mayor of Columbus, Mississippi, 1952-53
  • Robert H. Hairston, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Suffolk County 2nd District, 1933; Chair of Suffolk County Democratic Party, 1942
  • Nannie M. Hairston, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1980
  • Krystal Monique Hairston, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 2004
  • John M. Hairston (b. 1964), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 2004
  • Ann Hairston, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 2008
  • William R Hairston, American public administrator, author, producer, and theater manager
  • Nelson George Hairston, American animal ecologist
  • Jester Hairston (1901-2000), American composer, songwriter, arranger, choral conductor, and actor
  • Marc R Hairston, Research Scientist at the William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences of The University of Texas at Dallas

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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: Toujours fidele
Motto Translation: Always faithful.

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  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
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The Hairston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hairston Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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