Colston Family History

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Colston Name Meaning

from a Middle English personal name, Colstan, which is probably from Old Norse Kolsteinn, composed of the elements kol ‘charcoal’ + steinn ‘stone’. habitational name from Colston Basset in Nottinghamshire, or the nearby Car Colston, both of which seem to have originally been named from the Old Norse personal name Kolr + Old English tun ‘settlement’. The first syllable of Car Colson was originally the defining prefix kirk ‘church’. habitational name from Coulston in Wiltshire, which is named with the genitive case of an Old English personal name Cufel (diminutive of Cufa) + Old English tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Rolston, Colton, Holston, Royston, Elston, Alston, Tolton, Houston

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Colston Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Colston name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Colston. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Colston Family Origin

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Colston Family Occupations

What did your Colston ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Colston. The most common Colston occupation in the USA was Farmer. 34% of Colston's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Colston family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Colston Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Colston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Colston census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Colston. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Colston. For the veterans among your Colston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Colston Life Expectancy

What is the average Colston lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Colston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Colston in 1943 was 49, and 73 in 2004.

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