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

The ancient Scottish name Etchison was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in Berwickshire.

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Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Etchison has been spelled Acheson, Acherson, Atcherson, Aitcheson, Aitchison, Atcheson, Achison and many more.

First found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Etchison research. Another 153 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1384, 1408, 1563, 1552, 1558, 1580, 1634, 1621, 1628, 1580, 1634, 1000, 1611, 1638, 1629, 1685, 1657, 1657, 1655, 1701, 1695, 1699, 1695, 1688, 1748, 1727, 1748 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Etchison History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 77 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Etchison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Etchison family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 355 words(25 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them: William Aitchison who settled in Colchester county, Nova Scotia in 1875; Andrew Aitchison who settled in Niagara, Lincoln county Ontario in 1852; Thomas Acheson who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1798.

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  • Clarence Hampton "Buck" Etchison (1915-1980), American Major League Baseball first baseman who played for the Boston Braves from 1943 to 1944
  • Dennis William Etchison (b. 1943), American writer and editor of fantasy and horror fiction


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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: Ane chast arbor
Motto Translation: One pure tree.

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