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The ancient Pictish-Scottish family that first used the name Roulston lived in the lands or barony of Ralston, which are near Paisley in the county of Renfrew (now part of the Strathclyde region).

Roulston Early Origins



The surname Roulston was 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.

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Roulston Spelling Variations


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Roulston Spelling Variations



The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Roulston has been spelled Ralston, Ralstoun, Rowlston, Rowlstone and others.

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Roulston Early History


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Roulston Early History



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

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Roulston Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Roulston Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Roulston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Roulston In Ireland


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Roulston In Ireland



Some of the Roulston 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Roulston:

Roulston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho Roulston, who arrived in Virginia in 1662

Roulston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Roulston, who arrived in Virginia in 1702

Roulston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Harvey Roulston, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • James Roulston, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Martha Roulston, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Andrew Roulston, who landed in New York in 1837
  • Montgomery Roulston, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Roulston Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Roulston, aged 21, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Isabella Roulston, aged 22, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Roulston (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Roulston (post 1700)



  • George Roulston, American politician, Postmaster at Knoxville, Tennessee, 1794-97
  • Orville William "Rolly" Roulston (1911-1983), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey defenceman from Toronto
  • Thomas Roulston (b. 1957), Canadian former professional NHL ice hockey right winger from Winnipeg
  • Hayden Roulston MNZM (b. 1981), New Zealand professional racing cyclist

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Motto


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Motto



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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Roulston Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    3. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    4. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    7. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
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    The Roulston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Roulston 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.

    This page was last modified on 10 November 2015 at 09:03.

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