England is a patronymic, created from the Medieval personal name Will. Thus Willston means "son of Will."
Early Origins of the Willston family
England, where the first on record appears to be Robert Willeson, listed in the Court Rolls of the manor of Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1324. Other early records include a Robert Wilson in 1341 in documents from the Cistercian Abbey of Kirkstall, Yorkshire; and John Willison in the Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire of 1366. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) Johannes Willeson was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) There was a place named Wilson in Devon that has existed since at least the time of the Domesday Book. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8) High Melton is of great significance to the family. "This parish, called in Domesday Book Middeltun, is situated on the northern acclivity of the vale of the Dearne, and comprises 1500 acres, of which 1000 are arable and pasture, and the remainder wood and plantations. The lands are chiefly the property of Richard Fountayne Wilson, Esq., whose seat of Melton Hall has extensive pleasure-grounds, tastefully laid out." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. Langham Hall in Suffolk "is chiefly the property of the family of Wilson." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Willston family
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Willston Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Wilson, Willson, Willison, Willston and others.
Early Notables of the Willston family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Mr. Doctor Wilson, listed in the House of Commons Journal in 1572; John Wilson (1595-1674), an English composer, lutenist and teacher from Faversham, Kent; John Wilson (c.1591-1667), English Puritan clergyman who sailed aboard the...
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Migration of the Willston family to Ireland
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Migration of the Willston family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Anne Wilson, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Maryland in 1724; Christopher Wilson, a Scotch prisoner sent to Boston in 1652; Daniell Wilson, a servant sent to Nevis in 1658.
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