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Where did the Scottish Carson family come from? What is the Scottish Carson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Carson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Carson family history?

The name Carson was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Carson family lived in Dumfriesshire, where the first mention of the Clan was of Morris Carson who was appointed Bailiff of the Isle of Man by King Alexander I of Scotland about 1100 A.D. They held a family seat at Accarsane.


Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Carson has appeared as Carson, Carsen and others.

First found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they are believed to be descended from the Irish Clan MacCarrghama of the Hy Fiachra and arrived on the south west Scottish coast about the 9th century. The clan built the famous Sweetheart Abbey. Sir Robert de Acarson (or de Carsan), a cleric witnessed a charter of Holm Cultram in 1276 and it may be the same Robert de Carsan who rendered homage to Edward I in 1296. [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carson research. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1305, and 1374 are included under the topic Early Carson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Carson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Carson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 264 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Carson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Charles Carson, who arrived in Maryland in 1676

Carson Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Da Carson, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Elizabeth Carson, age 12 who was recorded in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1767
  • Hugh Carson, age 40 who came to Charles Town, South Carolina in 1767
  • James Carson who arrived in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767 with his wife Jane, son John, and daughters Margaret and Mary
  • Ann Carson, who was recorded in Philadelphia in 1774

Carson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Saml Carson, aged 36, arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1803
  • Jas Carson, who arrived in America in 1805
  • George Carson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • John M Carson, aged 26, landed in New York in 1812
  • Johnson Carson, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1812


  • Leonardo Carson (b. 1977), American football defensive tackle
  • Rachel Louise Carson (1907-1964), American writer and marine biologist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Kit Carson (1809-1968), American frontiersman
  • Christopher Houston "Kit" Carson (1809-1868), American frontiersman
  • John William "Johnny" Carson (1925-2005), American actor, comedian and writer best known the host of "The Tonight Show" and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Dr. Benjamin S. "Ben" Carson Sr. (b. 1951), American neurosurgeon and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Robert Carson (1909-1983), American Academy Award winning film and television screenwriter, novelist, and short story writer
  • Samuel Price Carson (1798-1838), American politician, Congressional Representative from North Carolina
  • William Fisher Hunter "Willie" Carson OBE (b. 1942), Scottish retired jockey in thoroughbred horse racing with 187 wins
  • Baron Edward Henry Carson (1854-1935), Baron Carson, leader of the Irish Unionists



  • Carson-Bent-Boggs Genealogy by Quantrill McClung.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ne m'oubliez
Motto Translation: Don't forget me.


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  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  9. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  10. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  11. ...

The Carson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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