Heaston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The saga of the Heaston family name begins among the people of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The Heaston name is derived from Aythe where Aythe filius Thome received a charter of the lands of Fornochtis in Strathearn from Robert the Steward (later known as Robert II) around 1360. The next of the line was called Johem ayson iuuene. It can be seen how the surname Ayson is a derivative from "Aythe's son." The spelling and pronunciation changed over time, until it reached the modern form of Heaston and its variants.

Early Origins of the Heaston family

The surname Heaston was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where it was of the most ancient surnames in the region. They were connected with the Toschachs of Glentilt.

Important Dates for the Heaston family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heaston research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1360, 1392, 1504, and 1681 are included under the topic Early Heaston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heaston Spelling Variations

Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Heaston has appeared Eason, Easson, Esson, Asson, Assone, Aysoune, Aison and many more.

Early Notables of the Heaston family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Heaston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Heaston family to Ireland

Some of the Heaston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Heaston family

Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Heaston: Edward Eason who settled in Virginia in 1610, ten years before the "Mayflower"; William Eason settled in Maine in 1763; followed by John in 1770.

Contemporary Notables of the name Heaston (post 1700)

  • Curtis Heaston, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1980 [1]
  • Mia Heaston (b. 1981), American beauty pageant winner, Miss Illinois USA 2007
  • Elizabeth "Liz" Heaston Thompson (b. 1977), American football player, the first woman ever to score in a college football game
  • Kristin Heaston (b. 1975), American shot putter at the 2008 Olympic Games


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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