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

The Picts were the ancient Scottish tribe where the ancestors of the Eason family lived. The name Eason comes from Aythe where Aythe filius Thome received a charter of the lands of Fornochtis in Strathearn from Robert the Steward (later known as Robert II) around 1360. The next of the line was called Johem ayson iuuene. It can be seen how the surname Ayson is a derivative from "Aythe's son." The spelling and pronunciation changed over time, until it reached the modern form of Eason and its variants.

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Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Eason has been spelled Eason, Easson, Esson, Asson, Assone, Aysoune, Aison and many more.

First found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where it was of the most ancient surnames in the region. They were connected with the Toschachs of Glentilt.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eason research. Another 227 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1360, 1392, 1504, and 1681 are included under the topic Early Eason History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Eason family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Eason:

Eason Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Eason, who landed in Bermuda in 1609-1610
  • Edward Eason who settled in Virginia in 1610
  • Bermudas Eason, who arrived in Virginia in 1610
  • John Eason, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • Wm Eason, who landed in Virginia in 1665

Eason Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • William Eason settled in Maine in 1763
  • John Eason settled in Maine in 1770

Eason Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Stephen Eason, who arrived in Iowa in 1877

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  • Charles Carroll "Tony" Eason (b. 1959), American former quarterback
  • B. Reeves Eason (1886-1956), American silent film director, actor and screenwriter of the early period
  • Fulton Eugene Eason (1928-2007), American businessman from Springhill, Louisiana, who ran as a Republican
  • Nicholas Eason (b. 1980), American football defensive end
  • Bo Eason (b. 1961), former professional American football player
  • Jamie Eason (b. 1976), American fitness model and writer
  • Charles Roger Eason Jr. (1918-1998), American guard in the National Football League
  • Cordera Eason (b. 1987), American football running back in the National Football League
  • Andre Eason (b. 1975), American professional boxer
  • Cassandra Eason, best selling British author and encyclopedist on the occult

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  2. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  3. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  4. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Eason Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eason 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.

This page was last modified on 24 April 2014 at 16:30.

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