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

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.


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.

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]


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
  • Bethany 'Beth' Langston (b. 1992), English cricketer
  • Murray Langston (b. 1945), birth name of The Unknown Comic, Canadian comic, best known for his comic performances on The Gong Show where he appeared with a paper bag over his head
  • James Haughton Langston (1797-1863), British landowner and politician, High Sheriff of Oxfordshire (1819-1820), Member of Parliament for Woodstock (1820-1826) and for Oxford (1826-1836) and (1841-1863)
  • Grant Langston (b. 1982), South African former Grand Prix motocross world champion (2000, 2007)


  • 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.

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. 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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