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Where did the English Filson family come from? What is the English Filson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Filson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Filson family history?The ancestors of the Filson family first reached the shores of England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Their name is derived from the ancient given name Phillip. Phillip derives from the Greek name Phillipos, which derives from the words philein, meaning to love, and hippos, meaning horse.
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Phillipson, Phillippson, Philippson, Philipson and others.
First found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Filson research. Another 284 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1305, and 1450 are included under the topic Early Filson History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Filson or a variant listed above:
Filson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Filson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Filson 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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