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The surname Pinkston was first found in East Lothian where they held a family seat from ancient times at Pinkerton in the barony of Dunbar in that shire.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pinkerton, Pinksten, Pinksen, Pinkston, Pinkertown, Pinkertoun, Pinkertoune, Pincartoune, Pincartoun, Penkarton and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pinkston research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1483, 1494, 1551, 1552, 1612, 1621, 1649, 1667, 1793, and 1812 are included under the topic Early Pinkston History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pinkston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Pinkston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pinkston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Richard Pinkston, aged 45, who settled in America, in 1896
  • Robert Pinkston, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Pinkston Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • W. C. Pinkston, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Wallace H. Pinkston, aged 27, who emigrated to America, in 1919
  • Wm. C. Pinkston, who landed in America, in 1920
  • John C. Pinkston, who landed in America, in 1921
  • Lillian Pinkston, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States, in 1921

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  • Gary Pinkston, American actor, known for Die Hard (1988), Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) and Edges of Darkness (2008)
  • Aaron Pinkston, American Daytime Emmy Award winning producer and actor, known for Repeat After Me (2015), The Kid & I (2005) and 2004 MTV Movie Awards (2004)
  • William Robert "Rob" Pinkston IV (b. 1988), American actor, known for his roles in The Sasquatch Gang (2006), The Derby Stallion (2005) and Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide (2004)
  • Todd Pinkston (b. 1977), American former NFL football wide receiver who played from 2000 to 2007
  • Russell Pinkston (b. 1949), American professor of composition at the University of Texas at Austin School of Music
  • Ryan James Pinkston (b. 1988), American Young Artist Award nominated actor, known for his roles in Bad Santa (2003), Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) and Full of It (2007)
  • Jason R. Pinkston (b. 1987), American NFL football offensive guard for the Cleveland Browns
  • Lucius Green Pinkston, American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Terrell County, 1941-42
  • John G. Pinkston (b. 1907), American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for supervisor of Ypsilanti Township, Michigan, 1959, 1961
  • Bob F. Pinkston, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1952

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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: Post nubila sol
Motto Translation: After clouds sunshine.

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  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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The Pinkston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pinkston 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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