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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

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

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Where is the Colston family from?

You can see how Colston families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Colston family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Colston families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 11 Colston families living in Virginia. This was about 20% of all the recorded Colston's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Colston families in 1840.
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What did your Colston ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Colston. 28% of Colston men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Colston women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Colston were Farm Laborer and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Farming
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Laundress
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
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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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