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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. 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. " [1] 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.


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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.

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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

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  • 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. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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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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