Welcome to the Owston/Ouston One-Name Study

Owston and its variant Ouston is a locative name that contains the Old Norse element “austr,” meaning east; and the Old English suffix “tun” for farmstead.  While several English villages bear the names Owston, Ouston, and Oulston; none of the existing families can be satisfactorily connected to any of these locations.  Most, if not all, Owston and Oustons can be traced to one of three Owston families that originated in and around the Vale of Pickering that straddles the counties of North Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The first occurrence of the name in the region was the 1452 recording of the will of John Oustyn of Place Newton in the parish of Wintringham.  During the next century, several Owston families were recorded in several nearby parishes.  While other early occurrences appear elsewhere in Britain suggesting multiple origins of the surname, it does not appear that descendants of these other families have continued to the present.

The current Owstons and Oustons can be traced to three distinct families that originated in Sherburn in Hartford Lythe, Ganton, and Thornholme in the parish of Burton Agnes.  While traditional genealogical methods cannot trace these families to a common ancestor, Y-DNA results conclude that all three lineages share a common patriarch who probably lived in the 15th century.

The information of this blog comes from the combined original research of Roger J. Ouston, Timothy J. Owston, James M. Owston, and others.

Join us as we explore the etymology of the name and the history of those who bore it.   The Owston/Ouston One-Name Study is registered with The Guild of One-Name Studies.

Join the Owston Y-DNA Study.

See the results of the study.

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  1. Bill Smith

    Welcome to the GeneaBloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

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  2. J Owston

    Dear J Owston,

    Its another J Owston here from the Teeside#2 line. Dispite you appearing in quite a few places I couldn’t find an e-mail address. Perhaps you could contact me?

    jcowston@gmail.com

    Regards,

    Jerry

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