Spelling variations of this family name include: Prestone, Preston, Presson and others.
First found in Lincolnshire, where they were granted estates after the Norman Conquest.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Preston, who sailed to Virginia in 1634; Daniell Preston sailed to New England in 1635; George Preston sailed to Carolina in 1684; Richard Preston sailed to Maryland in 1650.
(Above is a small excerpt from our 1800 word history)
Motto Translated: If God wills it.
* Ann Preston (1813-1872), American pioneer Quaker women doctor and educator
* Sophonisba Preston (1866-1948), American social worker, author and educator
* Lewis Thompson Preston (b. 1926), American banker, President of the World Bank (1991-1995)
* Keith Preston (1884-1927), American poet
* Billy Preston, American entertainer
* William Ballard Preston (1805-1862), American politician, U.S. Secretary of the Navy from 1849 to 1850
* Jenico Nicholas Dudley Preston (b. 1939), 17th Viscount Gormanston
* Reginald Preston, Biophysicist
* Richard Preston, Canadian Historian
* Goddard Preston, British Painter
* Sir Kenneth Preston, Company President
* Aston Preston, University Chancellor
* Miles Preston, Diplomat
* Harold Brant Preston (d. 1918), Canadian soldier awarded the Military Cross for valour in W.W.I
* Margaret Rose Preston (1875-1963), Australian artist
* Lieutenant Arthur Murray Preston, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
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