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A surname of territorial origin from the lands of Elphinstone in the parish of Tranent, meaning 'of Elphinstone.'  This name is of Scottish descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are a John de Elphinstone who witnessed a grant by Roger de Quincy to the monks of Dryburgh of the wood of Gladswood in 1250.Aleyn de Elfinestone of Berwickshire rendered homage in the year 1296.  Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired lands by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. Other examples of this name were found in the person of George Elphistun, a saddler in Aberdeen in 1581 and Port Elphinstone is named after the family branch in Logie-Elphinstone.