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Origins Available: English, Scottish
Where did the English Preston family come from? What is the English Preston family crest and coat of arms? When did the Preston family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Preston family history?Preston is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Preston family lived Lincolnshire, at Preston, from where they derived their name. The name Preston comes from the Old English words preost, meaning priest, and tun, meaning enclosure or settlement.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Preston include Prestone, Preston, Presson and others.
First found in Lincolnshire, where they were granted estates after the Norman Conquest.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Preston research. Another 187 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1332, 1421, 1st , 1453 and 1503 are included under the topic Early Preston History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 99 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Preston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Preston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Prestons to arrive on North American shores:
Preston Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Preston Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Preston Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Si Dieu Veult
Motto Translation: If God wills it.
The Preston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Preston Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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