Alston may refer to:
- Alston (name)
- Alstonville, New South Wales
- Alstonvale, Quebec
- Alston, Cumbria
- Alston, Devon
- Alston, Lancashire
- Alston, Suffolk
- United States
- Dresser, California, formerly Alston
- Alston, Georgia
Alston is an English language surname of Anglo-Saxon origin with several derivations. It may have evolved from the Middle English given name "Alstan", the prefix, Al- itself derived from different Old English words ("noble", "elf", "old", "shrine", "temple"), and the suffix -stan ("stone") derived from pre 7th century Old English. The oldest public record of this derivation is found in 1279 in Cambridgeshire. One branch of this name may have been taken from the manor of a Saxon Lord called Alstanus, he had his manor in Stambourne, North East Essex. It is known that he was still in possession of the Manor after the Norman conquest, although as a tenant rather than owner, he held the land annexed against the King. There are a high density of families with the surname Alston and Alliston from around the Sudbury area, not far from Stambourne. In the 1224 feet of fines it is recorded that John son of Adam de Alliston sold land at Stanfeld (Stansfield) Suffolk. Stansfield is a few miles North of Stambourne. Both Stambourne and Stansfield may have taken their name from Æthelstan Half-King, Earl of East Anglia in the 930s.
Alston also evolved as a locational surname from villages named Alston (or Alstone) in Devonshire, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Somerset, and Staffordshire. The oldest public records of the locational surname in these villages are from the period of 1221–1246. An alternate meaning is "from the old manor". The nearest locational name to Stambourne was Alston village in Suffolk near Trimley St Martin, originally in the Domesday Book it was called Alteinestuna. The original meaning may have been Stone of Fire Farm (tuna). Alteines is a Gallic word meaning "stone of fire" and is associated with sorcery. The church was consolidated to Trimley St Martin in 1362.
The coat of arms containing the stars may have been taken as a variant of the coat of arms of the De Veres ( Earls of Oxford) who were one of the most powerful post Norman East Anglian families and associated with early East Anglian Alstons.
People with the name include:
Alston, GA -- U.S. town in Georgia
Housing Units (2000): 72
Land area (2000): 2.862646 sq. miles (7.414218 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 2.862646 sq. miles (7.414218 sq. km)
FIPS code: 01808
Located within: Georgia (GA), FIPS 13
Location: 32.080405 N, 82.478460 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Usage examples of "alston".
As the officers left for their bunks, Alston signaled to Walker to stay.
Captain Alston said next morning, looking over the bales and boxes that her ship would be taking east.
Chief Master-at-Arms, execute the sentence," Alston said, her face like something carved from obsidian.
Isketerol replied, and Arnstein turned to Alston, excitement ablaze on his face.
They turned and focused on Alston with the same wariness and hate, perhaps the more so because of her strange skin and features.
Isketerol," Alston said, without looking around, "that I thank him for his assistance.
Captain Alston, of course, but her interests were rather specialized, and in any case she was… intimidating, that was the word he was looking for.
Captain Alston had left a fair number of her officers back on the island to oversee fishing and matters maritime, the ones who'd been there mainly as instructors for the cadets.
Captain Alston had impressed him as the type who enforced regulations with an old-fashioned absolutism.
Once things settle down, all the firearms will be handed back to their owners, unless the Town needs them—we're going to have to handle our own defense, and from what Captain Alston says there are some mighty rough people out there over the water.
Part of the crew were busy swabbing, painting, and chipping, but the rest were doing unarmed combat drill, under the tutelage of Lieutenant Walker and the captain —Doreen supposed that Alston had ordered it on the principle that the devil made work for idle hands.
It ended with Walker skidding backward on his backside, clutching his gut, and Alston standing in a straddle-legged horse stance, shaking her head and wiping blood from her upper lip.
She'd shifted the sound of what she said, too, closer to the broad soft vowels that Alston used: ah unnahstaan.
Swindapa is connected with a prominent family in the… I don't think it's a kingdom or a country, exactly, but it occupies most of southwestern England in this era," Alston said.
What Alston thought of as the father's role in a child's life fell more to the mother's brothers or other male kin, since they'd always be there.