The origins of the Kesterton name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in Chester, which is the capital city of the county of Cheshire
, which lies on the border between England
and Wales; it is the northernmost county on the border. Devastated in the 11th century by border wars between William the Conqueror and the Welsh
, Cheshire's border with Wales
fluctuated over the next several centuries. Today, the western portion of the Domesday era county is in Wales.
Early Origins of the Kesterton family
The surname Kesterton was first found in Derbyshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Kesterton family
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Kesterton Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Kesterton were recorded, including Chester, Chestere, Chesters, Cheaster, Chister, Chestare and many more.
Early Notables of the Kesterton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kesterton family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Kesterton family emigrate to North America: Leonard Chester, who settled in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1635. Two of his descendants were Colonel John Chester and his son The Honourable John Chester. A Chester is on record in Virginia in 1664. Edward Chester arrived in Maryland in 1680. Thomas Chesterton arrived in America from Ireland
The Kesterton 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: Vincit qui patitur
Motto Translation: He conquers who endures.