Redstone History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Redstone family

The surname Redstone 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. [1] The name was derived from the Old English word rod-stan which meant "place at the rood-stone or stone cross" [2]

Early History of the Redstone family

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Redstone Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Redstone include Radstone, Radston, Redstone, Redston, Radeston and others.

Early Notables of the Redstone family (pre 1700)

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United States Redstone migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Redstone or a variant listed above:

Redstone Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tho Redstone, who was in Virginia in 1704
Redstone Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry, Thomas, and William Redstone, all recorded in New York as British Aliens in America during the War of 1812
  • Henry Redstone, aged 19, who arrived in New York in 1812 [3]
  • Thomas Redstone, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1812 [3]
  • William Redstone, aged 29, who arrived in New York in 1812 [3]

New Zealand Redstone migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Redstone Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • H. B. Redstone, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
  • Elizabeth Redstone, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
  • Elizabeth Ada Redstone, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
  • Mary Ann Redstone, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
  • John Redstone, aged 21, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1872

Contemporary Notables of the name Redstone (post 1700) +

  • Sumner Murray Redstone (1923-2020), born Sumner Murray Rothstein, American businessman and media magnate, he and his family are majority owners of CBS Corporation and Viacom, son of Michael Redstone
  • Louis Gordon Redstone (1903-2002), born Louis Gordon Routenstein, an American businessman; his three houses collectively known as the Louis G. Redstone Residential Historic District in Detroit were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014
  • Bayard Taylor Redstone (1879-1969), Canadian-born, American politician, 3rd Mayor of Vero Beach, Florida (1923-1927)
  • Shari Ellin Redstone (b. 1954), American media executive, President of National Amusements, Vice-Chairwoman of CBS Corporation and Viacom, daughter of Sumner Redstone, sister of Brent Redstone
  • Michael Redstone (1902-1987), born Michael Rothstein, American founder of the Northeast Theater Corporation, now National Amusements, Inc
  • Brent Dale Redstone (b. 1951), American lawyer, heir and entrepreneur
  • Jim Redstone (1915-1995), Australian rules footballer who played for South Melbourne in 1938

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook
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