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Royston Name Meaning

habitational name from a place in Hertfordshire, recorded in 1262 as Croyroys, from Old French croiz ‘cross’ (Latin crux, genitive crucis) + the female personal name Royse (see Rose 2). Ekwall mentions forms from only twenty years later in which the place name first more or less assumes its modern form. It is not clear, however, whether this is to be interpreted as ‘Royse’s stone’ (with the second element Middle English ston, from Old English stan) or ‘settlement at (Croiz) Royse’ (with the second element Middle English toun, from Old English tun). habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire, so called from the genitive case of the Old English byname Hror, meaning ‘vigorous’ (or its Old Norse cognate Róarr) + Old English tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames.

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

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

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Royston Family Origin

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Royston Family Occupations

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In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Royston. 34% of Royston men worked as a Farmer

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Farming
  • Rancher
  • Own Farm

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Royston Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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Royston Life Expectancy

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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.

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