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About the Preston surname

  • Family tradition indicates that "Preston" derives from Scottish Preists town. Attributed to a William or Leolphus DePreston who was accredited to acceptance of an emparkment in Northern England in exchange for an oath of fealty to Edward I "Longshanks".
  • "The eldest son of an Englishman named after his birthplace or his estate was, for instance, Preston, like his father, sometimes with a different forename to distinguish him, though not so invariably as a genealogist might wish;" see: http://www.isle-of-man.com/manxnotebook/fulltext/scrap3/ch01.htm (This passage is in reference to the connections between the Isle of Man and Lancashire