Early Origins of the Roisten family
Yorkshire at Royston, now a village within the Metropolitan borough of Barnsley. Historically it was in the West Riding of Yorkshire, but was incorporated into the Metropolitan borough of Barnsley in 1974. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from Royston, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, partly in the hundred of Armingford, in Herefordshire. "This town derived its name from a cross erected in the highway here, in the reign of William the Conqueror, by the Lady Roysia, Countess of Norfolk: the cross was called Royse's Cross; and a monastery having been established shortly afterwards by Eustachius de Mere and others, which led to the erection of houses, the place acquired the appellation of Royse's Town, whence its present name. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. Conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Royston, Ulchel an under tenant of Ilbert de Lacy, a great Norman noble who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.
Early History of the Roisten family
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Roisten Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Royston, Roysten, Royster, Roister, Roisten and many more.
Early Notables of the Roisten family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Roisten family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ann Royston, who arrived in Virginia sometime between 1673 and 1674; Jno Royston, who came to Virginia in 1674; James Royston, who settled in Maryland in 1678.
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