Ouston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Ouston family
The surname Ouston was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Oulston in the North Riding. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book,  indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the village and lands of Oulston, held by Gospatrick, Earl of Northumberland, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.
Early History of the Ouston family
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Ouston Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Oulston, Ouston, Owston and others.
Early Notables of the Ouston family (pre 1700)
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Ouston migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ouston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Ouston, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835 
Related Stories +
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)