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

As early as c. 1172, this name was used by judicial officers or judges and it is from this source the surname was more than likely derived. While there may have been Norman roots at La Justice in Normandy, the name was more likely an occupational name for someone who held the office of "the justice," in other words a judge.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Justice, Justine, Justus and others.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, and Angus where one of the first records of the name was Patrick Justyce as a tenant of the mill at Kelso in 1472. Just two years later, Patrick Justice, a priest who witnessed an instrument of sasine in this shire in 1474. As the forename Patrick was not very popular at this time, these two references may be the same person. The lands of James Justeis and Thomas Justeis are mentioned in Scone in 1491.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Justason research. Another 171 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1450, 1567, 1600, and 1673 are included under the topic Early Justason History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Henry Justice, who settled in Virginia in 1700; Hugh Justice settled in Virginia in 1723; another Henry Justice settled in Maryland in 1736; Sarah Justice arrived in San Francisco Cal. in 1862.

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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: Non sine causa
Motto Translation: Not without a cause.

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The Justason Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Justason 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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