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The surname Poston was first found in Roxburghshire where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Boston, Bouston, Bowstone, Bostown, Bostowne, Bostoun, Bawston, Bauston, Bawstone, Baustone, Bowsting, Bowstain and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Poston research. Another 339 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1634, 1638, 1676 and 1732 are included under the topic Early Poston History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Poston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Poston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • C D Poston, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • C.E. Poston, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1894

Poston Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Richard W. Poston, aged 59, who emigrated to America from England, in 1908
  • James Poston, aged 34, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909
  • Robert L. Poston, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1918
  • Thomas Poston, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • Joseph Poston, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1919


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  • Bryan A. Poston (1924-2009), American politician in Louisiana
  • Thomas Gordon "Tom" Poston (1921-2007), American television and film actor, best remembered as the recurring guest star on The Bob Newhart Show
  • Elizabeth Poston (1905-1987), English composer, pianist, and writer
  • Jim Poston CBE (1945-2007), Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands (2002 to 2005)
  • Charles Debrille Poston (1825-1902), Arizona politician, the "Father of Arizona"
  • Timothy "Tim" Poston (b. 1945), English mathematician, best known for his work on catastrophe theory


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  • Those Who Have Gone Before by Miriam Halbert Bales.
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  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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  4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Poston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Poston 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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