The ancestors of the bearers of the Rudstown family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Rudston, a place in the East Riding of Yorkshire
in the medieval era; since the local
government reorganization in England
in 1974, it is found in Humberside. The place name Rudston is derived from the Old English elements rod
in this case means a crucifix; it was pronounced rood, which is its Modern English form. Stan
means stone. The place name translates as "cross of stone," and was a place where a stone cross had been erected. Rudston Monolith, almost 26 feet high, close to Rudston Parish Church of All Saints is the tallest standing stone in Britain.CITATION[CLOSE]
Winn, Christopher, I Never Knew that about Yorkshire. Croydon: The Random House Group Limited, 2010. Print. (ISBN 978-0-09-193313-5)
Early Origins of the Rudstown family
The surname Rudstown was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times at Hayton, some say before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Rudstown family
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Rudstown Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Rudstown include Rudston, Rudstone and others.
Early Notables of the Rudstown family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rudstown family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Rudstown or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Rudston, her husband, and child, who settled in Virginia in 1635.