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Early Origins of the Riston family

The surname Riston was first found in Norfolk at Castle Rising, a village and civil parish that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Risinga and was held at that time by William de Warenne and the Bishop of Bayeux. [1] Records of 1254, list the place name as Castel Risinge and probably meant "settlement of the family or followers of a man called Risa," from the Old English personal name + ingas. The later addition of "castel" which evolved to "castle" was derived from the Norman castle that was located there. [2] In 1332, Isabella of France retired to Castle Rising castle following a coup d'état by her son King Edward III. The castle is now a ruined medieval fortification and was built soon after 1138 by William d'Aubigny II.

Early History of the Riston family

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Riston Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rising, Reising, Risin, Rysing, Rysin, Rysen, Ryson and many more.

Early Notables of the Riston family

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United States Riston migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Riston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Judith Riston, who arrived in America in 1679 [3]
Riston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H Riston, aged 23, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1852 [3]
  • Wilhelm Riston, who arrived in Iroquois County, Illinois in 1886 [3]

Australia Riston migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Riston Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Riston, (Rissen), (b. 1797), aged 33, English shepherd who was convicted in Norfolk, England for life, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 20th August 1830, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Issac Riston, English First Waiter from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and died in the sinking [5]

  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)
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th February 2021). Retrieved from
  5. Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook