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

The lineage of the name Walston begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in one of a variety of similarly-named places. Settlements named Woolstone are in Buckinghamshire and Devon. Wolstan is a parish in Warwickshire and Woolston is a hamlet in Somerset. The surname Walston belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Walston has undergone many spelling variations, including Woolston, Woolton, Wolston and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, and were Lords of the manor of Woolston, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walston research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1579, 1465, 1535, 1594, 1668 and 1733 are included under the topic Early Walston History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Walston were among those contributors:

Walston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jane Walston, aged 19, landed in America in 1635

Walston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W C Walston, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • John Walston, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1861
  • S. P. Walston, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1892

Walston Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • W. H. Walston, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Mary Walston, aged 0, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Mrs. Wm. H. Walston, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • W.R. Walston, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Dora Walston, aged 29, who landed in America from Notts, England, in 1920


  • Ray Walston (1914-2001), American stage, television and film actor best known as the title character on the 1960s situation comedy My Favorite Martian
  • Robert Harold Walston (1928-1987), American NFL football wide receiver and placekicker
  • Henry David Leonard George Walston CVO, JP (1912-1991), Baron Walston, British agricultural researcher
  • James Walston (b. 1949), Irish professor of international relations


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