Colston Family History

14-Day Free Trial


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

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with a family member and we'll do the searching for you.

Colston Family Origin

Where is the Colston family from?

Colston Family Occupations

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 US 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

View Census data for Colston | Data not to scale

United States shown, Canada data unavailable

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Farming
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Laundress
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife

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

Colston Historical Records

What Colston family records will you find?

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.

Search Canadian census records for Colston

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 Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Colston immigration records

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.

View all Colston military records

You've only scratched the surface of Colston family history.

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Colston

Famous Colston Family Ancestors

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in your family tree

Famous ancestors img
Look up another name