Early Origins of the Redston family
The surname Redston 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 Redston family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Redston research.Another 25 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 158 and 1587 are included under the topic Early Redston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Redston Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Redston are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Redston include: Radstone, Radston, Redstone, Redston, Radeston and others.
Early Notables of the Redston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Redston family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Redston 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..