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

The annals of Scottish history reveal that Raulston was first used as a name by descendants of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland. The Raulston family lived in the lands or barony of Ralston, which are near Paisley in the county of Renfrew (now part of the Strathclyde region).


During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Raulston include Ralston, Ralstoun, Rowlston, Rowlstone and others.

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.


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


Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Raulston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Raulston 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.


Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Raulston:

Raulston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • D Raulston, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Bridget Raulston, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1893
  • Thomas Raulston, aged 53, who settled in America, in 1895
  • Wm. Raulston, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1895
  • James Raulston, aged 40, who landed in America from Donegal, in 1899

Raulston Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Zelma Raulston, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Joseph Raulston, aged 11, who landed in America from Castlegay, in 1903
  • J.B. Raulston, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Richard Raulston, aged 34, who landed in America from Derry, Ireland, in 1909
  • Mary E. Raulston, aged 45, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911


  • John Tate Raulston (1868-1956), American state judge in Tennessee, best known for presiding over the 1925 Scopes Trial


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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The Raulston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Raulston 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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