In the Middle Ages, the first family to use the Yorkstand surname took the name from a place name with Viking roots. They lived in the village of Yorkstounis, which was in the parish of Corstorphine, Edinburgh.
Early Origins of the Yorkstand family
The surname Yorkstand was first found in Edinburghshire
, a former county, now part of the Midlothian
council area, where they held a family seat
at Yorkstounis in the parish of Corstophine, some say, from about the 12th century.
Early History of the Yorkstand family
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Yorkstand Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, no real standards were established to judge the accuracy of spelling and translation. They were done mostly by ear and intuition, and enormous numbers of spelling variations
were the unsurprising result. Yorkstand has appeared as Yorston, Yorgston, Yourston, Yourtwon, Yourstown, Yorkton, Yourkton, Yorkson, Yorkston, Yorkstoun, Yorkstown, Yourkston, Yorkstant, Yorkstan, Yourkstan, Yorstan and many more.
Early Notables of the Yorkstand family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Yorkstand family to the New World and Oceana
North America was far from Britain's oppressive monarchy. There, the Scottish found land and freedom, and many even the opportunity to pay back England
in the American War of Independence
. This brave heritage survives today largely in Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Yorkstand family in North America: Archibald Yorston arrived in New Castle County Delaware in 1741; he moved on to Pennsylvania in 1844.