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The ancient roots of the Jonstone family are found in the Scottish-English border region where the name was first used by the people of the Boernician tribe. The Jonstone family lived in Dumfries (now part of the region of Galloway), where they held the barony of John's Town.

Jonstone Early Origins



The surname Jonstone was first found in Dumfries where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Jonstone Spelling Variations


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Jonstone Spelling Variations



During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Jonstone occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Johnston, Johnstone, MacIain (Gaelic) and others.

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Jonstone Early History


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Jonstone Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jonstone research. Another 316 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1174, 1296, 1732, 1799, 1807, and 1869 are included under the topic Early Jonstone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jonstone Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Jonstone Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir Richard Vanden-Bempde-Johnstone (1732-1807), 1st Baronet of Hackness Hall in the North Riding of the County of York...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jonstone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jonstone In Ireland


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Jonstone In Ireland



Some of the Jonstone family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 36 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlanti c. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Jonstone, or a spelling variation of the surname include:

Jonstone Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Jonstone, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

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Motto


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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: Nunquam non paratus
Motto Translation: Never unprepared.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    11. ...

    The Jonstone Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jonstone 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 1 April 2011 at 10:19.

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