Duston Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Duston Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Duston blazon is the buck’s head. The three main tinctures (colors) are gules, argent and or .

Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.3A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77.

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.6Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 7A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.8Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.

The chief is an area across the top of the field 9Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 40. It appears in many different forms and can itself be charged with other charges and ordinaries, 10A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Chief, being treated almost as if it were a completely separate area. In its simplest form it can be clearly identified. Early examples include the award by Henry III of England to the knight Robert de MORTEYN BRETON of Ermine, a chief gules.

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Duston Name

The Anglo-Saxon name Duston acquires from the family having resided near a stony hill.  Duston acquired from two Old English elements: dun and stan.  Dan was a word for hill, and stan meant “stony.”  The translation of the name is therefore stony hill.”  It is also possible that the name is patronymic that is, acquired from the name of a parent.  Dunstan was a popular given name in England in the Middle Ages.   Duston has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became regulated over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence.  As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people’s names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime.  Dunstan, Dunston, Dunstone, Dunstane, Donston, Dunstavill and much more. More common variations are: Dauston, Deuston, D’Uston, Douston, Dueston, Daustton, Dustan, Diston, Dustin, Tuston.

The surname Duston first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very early times.  The earliest reference of the name was of Dunstan (c.909 – 988,) who was an Abbot of Glastonbury, a Priest of Worcester, a Bishop of London, and an Archbishop of Canterbury.  He later canonized as a saint.

Individuals with the surname Duston landed in the United States in two different centuries respectively in 17th, and 19th.  Some of the people with the name Duston who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Thomas Duston, who landed in Maryland in 1673. Some of the people with the surname Duston who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included  E Duston, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (co. Northampton, and Raunton, co. Stafford; Rosa, eldest dau. and co-heir of Sir William de Dunston, m. John D'Oyley, of Stoke D'Oyley, co. Northampton, since when the D'Oyleys have borne the Dunston arms). Gu. a buck’s head cabossed ar. Crest—A man’s head in profile ppr.
2) (Hopton, co. Suffolk). Gu. a buck's head cabossed or.
3) Gu. a bull’s head cabossed ar. armed or.

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1. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
2. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
3. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77
4. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
5. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
6. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
7. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
8. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
9. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 40
10. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Chief