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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Wollaston, Woolaston, Wolleston, Woollaston, Woolleston, Woolliston and many more.

First found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Williston research. Another 257 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1658, 1643, 1638, 1639 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Williston History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 61 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Williston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Williston Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Charles Williston, who arrived in Canada in 1830


  • Samuel Williston (1861-1963), American jurist


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ne quid falsi
Motto Translation: Nothing false.


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  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. 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.
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  6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Williston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Williston 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.

This page was last modified on 9 July 2013 at 12:24.

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