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The name langston is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in Lincolnshire. However, there are numerous villages and civil parishes named "Langton" throughout England including locals in Leicestershire, North Yorkshire, Cumbria, Durham, Kent and Dorset. This is large part due to the fact that the place name literally translates as "long farmstead or estate," having derived from the Old English words "lang" + "tun." [1] Some are listed in the Domesday Book of 1086: Lang(e)tone (Leicestershire); Langeton (North Yorkshire - now Great Langton); and Terlintone (Leicetershire - now Tur Langton.) [2] The oldest place name recorded was Langton Durham which was listed as Langadum c. 1050 eluding to it's Saxon origin.


The surname langston was first found in Lincolnshire at Langton by Spilsby, sometimes called Langton by Partney, a village and civil parish in the East Lindsey district. One of the earliest records of the name was Cardinal Stephen Langton (c.1150-1228), who was Archbishop of Canterbury (1207 until death in 1228.) He was a critical player in the dispute between King John of England and Pope Innocent III, which ultimately led to the issuing of Magna Carta in 1215. A manor which has remained to the present day in the inheritance of this house can be found at Langton by Spilsby. [3] Another branch of the family was found at Woolstone in Lancashire. "In the 20th of Edward I., John Byrun claimed free warren here in right of his wife Alesia, heiress of Robert Banastre. This lady was afterwards married to Sir John Langton, whose descendant, John Langton, in the reign of Edward III. held Wolueston as Baron of Makerfield. How long the property continued in this family does not appear, but it seems to have been alienated anterior to the reign of Philip and Mary." [4]

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the langston family name include Langton, Langston and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our langston research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1228, 1207, 1228, 1215, 1279, 1248, 1227, 1248, 1337, 1305, 1337, 1501, 1659, 1645, 1648, 1614, 1622, 1625, 1626, 1698 and 1788 are included under the topic Early langston History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 281 words (20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early langston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the langston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the langston surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

langston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Langston, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • An Langston, who landed in Virginia in 1665
  • Thomas Langston, who landed in Maryland in 1677
  • Mary Langston, aged 14, landed in Virginia in 1684

langston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Langston, who arrived in America in 1760-1763

langston Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Langston arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865
  • Martha Langston arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865
  • Mary Ann Langston arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865
  • Alice Langston arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865
  • Robert G. Langston arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870


  • Grant Langston (b. 1966), American singer-songwriter
  • Charles Henry Langston (1817-1892), American abolitionist and political activist, he and his brother Gideon were the first African Americans to attend Oberlin College in Ohio in 1835, an older brother of John Mercer Langston
  • Wann Langston Jr. (1921-2013), American paleontologist and former professor at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Mark Langston (b. 1960), American four-time All-star, seven-time Gold Glove Award winning Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1984 to 1999
  • John Mercer Langston (1829-1897), African American abolitionist, civil rights pioneer, first African American member of Congress, eponym of Langston, Oklahoma and Langston University
  • Mrs. T. H. Langston, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1948
  • Linda Langston, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 2004
  • John Mercer Langston (1829-1897), American Republican politician, U.S. Minister to Haiti, 1877-85; U.S. Consul General in Port-au-Prince, 1877-85; U.S. Charge d'Affaires to Santo Domingo, 1883-85
  • J. Luther Langston, American politician, Printer; Delegate to Socialist National Convention from Oklahoma, 1920; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Oklahoma 5th District, 1920
  • David R. Langston, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Texas State Senate 28th District, 1996, 1996



  • Landon (also Langston) Family History by Joy Deal Lehmann.
  • Langstons and their Kin by Inez M. McClellan.

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: Loyal au mort
Motto Translation: Faithful unto death.


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The langston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The langston 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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