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Where did the English Royster family come from? What is the English Royster family crest and coat of arms? When did the Royster family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Royster family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Royston, Roysten, Royster, Roister, Roisten and many more.

First found in South 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. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Royster research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1310, 1601 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Royster History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Royster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Royster, who came to Pennsylvania in 1841


  • Willie Arthur Royster (1954-2015), American Major League Baseball player who played four games with the Baltimore Orioles in 1981
  • Robert Royster (1923-2011), birth name of Archbishop Dmitri, American hierarch of the Orthodox Church in America
  • Mazio Denmar Vesey Royster (b. 1970), American professional NFL football player who played for Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1992 to 1996
  • Tony Royster Jr. (b. 1984), German born American drummer
  • Jerry Royster (b. 1952), American Major League Baseball coach and former player who played from 1973 through 1988
  • Evan Royster (b. 1987), American NFL football running back
  • Vermont Connecticut Royster (1914-1996), American editor of The Wall Street Journal from 1958 to 1971, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1986 and won two Pulitzer Prizes: Editorial Writing in 1953; and Commentary in 1984


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  11. ...

The Royster Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Royster 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.

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