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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?


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.


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.


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


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


  • 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
  • Jerry Hairston Sr. (b. 1952), retired Major League Baseball player
  • Jerry Hairston Jr. (b. 1976), Major League Baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds


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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  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. 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.
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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.

This page was last modified on 19 October 2014 at 12:09.

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