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Origins Available: Borderlands, Scottish

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

The name Williamson was first used by the people of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Strathclyde Britons. It is derived from the Norman personal name William. The name literally was derived from the patronymic expression son of William.


Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Williamson has been spelled Williamson, Wiliamson, Williamsone and others.

First found in Peebles, where this predominantly Scottish Clan held a family seat anciently, although their interests straddled the English Scottish border and they held territories as far south as Keswick in Cumberland.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Williamson research. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1633, 1701, 1665, 1785, 1690, 1701, 1677, 1780 and are included under the topic Early Williamson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 93 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Williamson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Williamson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Williamson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Michael Williamson, who settled in Massachusetts in 1631
  • Maxwell Williamson, who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • David Williamson landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Anthony Williamson, who landed in Virginia in 1642
  • Thomas Williamson, who arrived in Virginia in 1649

Williamson Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Barbery Williamson, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Andrew Williamson, who landed in Brunswick, North Carolina in 1775

Williamson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Adam Williamson, aged 22, landed in New York in 1812
  • Alexander Williamson, who landed in New York in 1855
  • Ann Williamson, aged 17, arrived in New York in 1864
  • David Williamson, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1864
  • Ellen Williamson, aged 25, landed in New York in 1864

Williamson Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Andreas Christian Williamson, who arrived in Alabama in 1917


  • Hugh Williamson (1735-1819), American political leader, physician, scientist who represented North Carolina at the Constitutional Convention
  • John Williamson (1826-1885), Scottish-born American landscape artist
  • Kevin Williamson (b. 1965), American film and television writer, producer and director
  • Scott Ryan Williamson (b. 1976), American professional baseball player
  • Oliver Eaton Williamson Ph.D. (b. 1932), prominent author in the area of transaction cost economics and co-winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Economics
  • Michael T. "Mykelti" Williamson (b. 1960), American actor
  • Richard Salisbury Williamson (1949-2013), American lawyer, diplomat and pedagogue, 17th Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (1988-1989)
  • Kate Williamson (1931-2013), born Robina Jane Sparks, an American actress, best known for her roles on Ellen (1995), Disclosure (1994), and Dahmer (2002)
  • Nicol Williamson (b. 1938), Scottish-born British stage actor
  • James Williamson (b. 1806), Scottish-born Canadian educator, Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy at Queen's College



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  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  11. ...

The Williamson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Williamson 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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