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The ancestors of the Ralston family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. They lived in the lands or barony of Ralston, which are near Paisley in the county of Renfrew (now part of the Strathclyde region).

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The surname Ralston was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, at Ralston, (Gaelic: Baile Raghnaill) a small suburban settlement bordering onto the eastern edge of the town of Paisley. It is generally believed the place name Ralston takes its name from the ancient feudal estates of Ralphistoun (Ralph's town), named after the younger son of the Earl of Fife, and dates back to the early 12th century.

Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Ralston include Ralston, Ralstoun, Rowlston, Rowlstone and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ralston research. Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1448, 1705, 1452, 1447, 1452 and are included under the topic Early Ralston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ralston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Ralston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Ralston:

Ralston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Gavin Ralston, who landed in Virginia in 1744
  • Marrion Ralston, aged 18, landed in New York, NY in 1774

Ralston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Ralston, aged 9, arrived in New Castle, Del in 1802
  • Anne Ralston, aged 34, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Davd Ralston, aged 15, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Anne, David, Daniel, James, Jane, John, Josh, Mary, Robert, Sarah, and William Ralston all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Jane Ralston, aged 8, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
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Ralston Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • McGavin Ralston, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Ralston Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Walter Ralston arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Gavin Ralston arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861
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  • Kenneth Ralston (b. 1954), American five-time Academy Award winning visual effects specialist including a Special Achievement Oscar for the visual effects in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Howard Ralston (1904-1992), American actor who appeared in nine films between 1920 and 1924, younger brother of Esther Ralston
  • Robert Ralston (b. 1938), American pianist and organist, best known for his work on The Lawrence Welk Show from 1963 to 1982
  • Gilbert Alexander Ralston (1912-1999), American screenwriter, creator of the television series The Wild Wild West; he wrote scripts for Star Trek, Gunsmoke, Ben Casey, I Spy, Hawaii Five-O, and The Naked City
  • Aron Ralston (b. 1975), American outdoorsman, engineer and motivational speaker
  • Alexander Ralston (1771-1827), American architect who co-designed the city of Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Esther Ralston (1902-1994), born Esther Worth, an American silent film movie actress
  • Richard Dennis Ralston (b. 1942), American former professional tennis player who was ranked World Number 3 in 1963
  • Brian Ralston (b. 1974), American composer and musician
  • Vera Ralston (1921-2003), American actress, born in Czechoslovakia
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  • Trails Trod by Holloway and Ralstons by Orella Chadwick.
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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: Fide et marte
Motto Translation: By fidelity and military service.

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    Other References

    1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    4. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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    The Ralston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ralston 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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