Early Origins of the Radstone family
The surname Radstone was first found in at Radstone, in South Northamptonshire. The village and civil parish dates back to the Domesday Book
when it was spelled Rodestone. There it was part of the Alboldstow Hundred
and was land of Earl Hugh. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The name was derived from the Old English word rod-stan which meant "place at the rood-stone or stone cross" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Radstone family
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Radstone Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Radstone family name include Radstone, Radston, Redstone, Redston, Radeston and others.
Early Notables of the Radstone family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Radstone family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Radstone surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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..
Contemporary Notables of the name Radstone (post 1700)
- Sara Radstone (b. 1955), British ceramic artist