The earliest roots of the name Yorkstend are with the Viking settlers of the early Middle Ages; the surname having come from a place named by the Vikings
It is a name for someone who lived in the village of Yorkstounis, which was in the parish of Corstorphine, Edinburgh.
Early Origins of the Yorkstend family
The surname Yorkstend 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 Yorkstend family
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Yorkstend Spelling Variations
Standards against which to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations
in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. Yorkstend has been recorded as Yorston, Yorgston, Yourston, Yourtwon, Yourstown, Yorkton, Yourkton, Yorkson, Yorkston, Yorkstoun, Yorkstown, Yourkston, Yorkstant, Yorkstan, Yourkstan, Yorstan and many more.
Early Notables of the Yorkstend family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Yorkstend family to the New World and Oceana
The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan
societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Yorkstend name: Archibald Yorston arrived in New Castle County Delaware in 1741; he moved on to Pennsylvania in 1844.