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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 1939, Colliery Hewer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Royston. 2% of Royston men worked as a Colliery Hewer and 54% of Royston women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Royston were Incapacitated and Incapacitated

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Colliery Hewer
  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic Dutie
  • Incapacitated

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

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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