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Elston Coat of Arms / Elston Family Crest

Elston Coat of Arms / Elston Family Crest

The surname of ELSTON was a locational name 'of Elston' a township and parish in Preston, a small place in County Nottingham and there is also a small village in Wiltshire, from where the name may have been derived. The earliest hereditary surnames in England are found shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and are of Norman French origin rather than native English. On the arrival of the Normans they identified themselves by references to the estates from which they came from in northern France. These names moved rapidly on with their bearers into Scotland and Ireland. Others of the Norman Invaders took names from the estates in England which they had newly acquired. The name was originally spelt EILIFR meaning Everlasting, and a certain Elias was the holder of the manor of the name in Wiltshire in the 12th century. Other records mention Galridus filius Elstan, 1193 County Norfolk. Warinus filius Elstanit was documented in the year 1230 in County Northumberland and William Elstone of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Later instances of the name mention Ellen Elston of Ribleton (widow) who was listed in the Wills at Chester in 1587 and William Elston married Christian Harcourt, at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1765. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered in Elston, County Nottingham. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way. Translation of arms: Gules (red) denotes Military Fortitude and Magnanimity. Vert (green) means Hope and Joy, Argent (silver or white) is for Peace and Sincerity and the eagle was the symbol of Fortitude and Vigilance.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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