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


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

First found in East Lothian where they held a family seat from ancient times at Pinkerton in the barony of Dunbar in that shire.


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.


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


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.


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


  • Ryan James Pinkston (b. 1988), American actor & model
  • Clarence Pinkston (1900-1961), American gold, silver and two-time bronze medalist Olympic diver
  • Rob Pinkston (b. 1988), American actor
  • Russell Pinkston, American Professor of Composition
  • Todd Pinkston (b. 1977), American NFL football player
  • Jason R. Pinkston (b. 1987), American NFL football offensive guard for the Cleveland Browns
  • William Robert "Rob" Pinkston IV (b. 1988), American actor


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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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.

This page was last modified on 27 June 2014 at 16:09.

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