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About the study

The Brinston One-Name Study was registered with The Guild of One-Name Studies in February 2014. For over 20 years I have collected instances of the name and for much of that time have been in contact with other Brinston researchers. I am related by marriage to the Brinstons of Sound Island, Newfoundland, Canada and hope to trace them to England and determine if they are related to Brinstons in other places. I look forward to continued co-operation with other researchers on Brinston families from all locations.

Variant names

The only registered variant is Brinstone. However, I am curious to know if there is a connection with the surnames Brinsdon or Brinson and their variants. To this end I have been in periodic contact with the coordinators of the Brimson and Brinsdon registered studies.

Name frequency

This is a rather rare surname which appears to have died out in the UK. A search on Surnames of England and Wales - the ONS list gives no hits. Census records show 22 people of the surname Brinston in England and Wales in 1841. The number peaks at 54 in 1891 with the 1911 census showing only 1 Brinston plus two Brinstones.

Distribution of the name

To my knowledge thus far, Brinston families were early settlers in Newfoundland, the south-eastern USA and Queensland, Australia.


A Brinston Y-DNA project has been established with Family Tree DNA. Since there were no other Y-DNA projects for similar names I included the following surnames in the project: Brinsden, Brinsdon, Brinson, Brinston, Brinstone.