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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,  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
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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