Colston Family History
Colston Name Meaning
Scottish and English: from a Middle English personal name Colstan which is probably from Old Norse Kolsteinn composed of the elements kol ‘charcoal’ + steinn ‘stone’. This name has probably been confused with Coulson . English: habitational name from Colston Basset in Nottinghamshire or the nearby Carcolston both of which seem to have originally been named from the Old Norse personal name Kolr + Old English tūn ‘settlement’. The first syllable of Car Colson was originally the defining prefix kirk ‘church’. English: 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 tūn ‘enclosure settlement’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press