The surname Radston was first found in at Radstone, in South Northamptonshire. The village and civil parish dates back to the
when it was spelled Rodestone. There it was part of the Alboldstow
and was land of Earl Hugh.
The name was derived from the Old English word rod-stan which meant "place at the rood-stone or stone cross"
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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Radston has been recorded under many different variations, including Radstone, Radston, Redstone, Redston, Radeston and others.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Radston or a variant listed above: Tho Redstone, who was in Virginia in 1704; as well as Henry, Thomas and William Redstone, all recorded in New York as British Aliens in America during the War of 1812..