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

The story of the name Edmondson is long and rich in history. It begins among the Boernicians of the Scottish/English Borderlands where the name was derived from the personal name Edmond. Edmondson is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Many patronyms were formed by a son using his father's personal name as a surname. Others were taken from the names of important religious and secular figures. Members of the Edmondson family settled in Scotland, just following the Norman Conquest of England, in 1066.

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Boernician names that evolved in the largely preliterate Middle Ages are often marked by considerable spelling variations. Edmondson has been spelled Edmondson, Edmonson, Edminson, Edminston, Edmiston, Edmeston, Edmondon and many more.

First found in Edinburghshire, a former county, now part of the Midlothian council area where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Queen Margaret of Scotland. They take their name from the place name Edmondstone, the tun of Eadmund, near Edinburgh. The name may have been derived from Aedmund filius Forn, one of the witnesses to a charter by Thor filius Swani (c. 1150)[1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edmondson research. Another 325 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1070, 1560, 1607, 1659, 1622, 1627, 1712 and 1654 are included under the topic Early Edmondson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Edmondson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Edmondson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 171 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Boernician-Scottish Clan families who came to North America were Loyalists who went north to Canada after the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border went on to found two of the world's great nations. This century, families with Scottish roots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and clan societies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Edmondson or a variant listed above:

Edmondson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Edmondson, who landed in Maryland in 1658
  • Mary Edmondson, who landed in Maryland in 1668
  • William Edmondson, who arrived in Maryland in 1668
  • Tho Edmondson, who arrived in Virginia in 1699

Edmondson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Edmondson, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Thomas G Edmondson, aged 22, landed in Maryland in 1812
  • Arthur Edmondson, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1893

Edmondson Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Albert James Edmondson, aged 19, who landed in America from England, in 1904
  • Annie Edmondson, aged 19, who emigrated to America from Manchester, in 1905
  • Ambrose Edmondson, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Barraw, England, in 1910
  • Cissie Edmondson, aged 26, who landed in America from Nottingham, England, in 1910
  • Catherine Edmondson, aged 23, who landed in America from Barrow in Fuless, England, in 1911


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  • Donna Edmondson (b. 1966), American model, Playboy's Playmate of the Month for November 1986 and Playmate of the Year for 1987
  • David J. Edmondson (b. 1960), American businessman, former chief executive officer and President of RadioShack
  • William Andrew "Drew" Edmondson (b. 1946), American lawyer and politician, 16th Attorney General of Oklahoma (1995-2011)
  • Edmund "Ed" Edmondson (1920-1982), President of the United States Chess Federation from 1963 to 1966
  • Frank K. Edmondson (1912-2008), American astronomer
  • James Howard Edmondson (1925-1971), American politician, 16th Governor of Oklahoma from 1959 to 1963
  • Thomas William Edmondson Ph. D (1869-1938), English-born, American mathematician
  • Edmond "Ed" Augustus Edmondson (1919-1990), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma (1953-1973)
  • Jerold A. Edmondson, American Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Arlington
  • Paul Michael Edmondson (1943-1970), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played in the 1969 for the Chicago White Sox

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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: Virtus auget honorem
Motto Translation: Virtue increases honour.

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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. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  3. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  4. 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).
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Edmondson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Edmondson 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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