History of your Surname
Get access to Royston family records.Start a free trial

Royston Family History

Royston Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Royston (Yorkshire) and Royston (Hertfordshire). The Yorkshire placename derives from the Old Norse personal name Hróarr (genitive Hróars) or an Old English personal name Hrōr (genitive Hrōres) meaning ‘vigorous’ + Old English tūn ‘farmstead estate’. The Hertfordshire placename derives from a female personal name Roys related to ancient Germanic Hrōhohaidis + Middle English toun ‘town settlement’ (see Rose ). Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames.

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


Similar surnames: Rolston, Colston, Roston, Holston, Ruston, Houston, Boynton, Croston

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Royston family from?

You can see how Royston families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Royston family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Royston families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 12 Royston families living in Virginia. This was about 28% of all the recorded Royston's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Royston families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Royston surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Royston ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Royston. 24% of Royston men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Royston women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Royston were Truck Driver and Cook. .

View Census Data for Royston | Data not to scale

*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

  • Farmer
    24%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Cook
    8%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Royston family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 34,000 census records available for the last name Royston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Royston census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Royston

Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Royston. 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.

View all Royston immigration records

Draft Cards

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

View all Royston military records

You've only scratched the surface of Royston family history

Discover More

What is the average Royston lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Royston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Royston in 1956 was 39, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Royston

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Royston family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial