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The surname Hairston was 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.

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


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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. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  2. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  3. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. 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. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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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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