The name Pearston was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Pearston is based on the French given name Pierre,
which is equivalent to the English Peter.
Early Origins of the Pearston family
The surname Pearston was first found in Berwickshire
where the name was derived as "son of Pier." Walter Pierson of Berwickshire
rendered homage to King Edward I
on his brief conquest of Scotland
in 1296. However, some of the family were found at early times in Lancashire
, specifically at the township of Shevington where "Crook Hall was the seat of the Pearsons." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Pearston family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pearston research.Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1369, 1472, 1613, 1686, 1628, 1670, 1648, 1665, 1647, 1720, 1677, 1720, 1612, 1686, 1662, 1667 and are included under the topic Early Pearston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pearston Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Pearston were recorded, including Pearson, Peerson, Pierson, Peirson and others.
Early Notables of the Pearston family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Pearson (1613-1686), an English theologian and scholar; Anthony Pearson (1628-1670?), an English Quaker, Secretary to Sir Arthur Hesilrige in 1648, under-sheriff for Durham
in 1665... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pearston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pearston family to Ireland
Some of the Pearston family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pearston family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Pearston arrived in North America very early: John Pearson, who settled with his wife and two children in Barbados in 1678; Mary Pearson settled in Virginia in 1646; Nicholas Pearson settled in Halifax Nova Scotia in 1774.