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

The name Imson is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal name Emma. The surname Imson referred to the son of Emma which belongs to the category of metronymic surnames.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Imson include Im, Imm, Imme, Imms, Immes, Immson, Imson, Immeson, Imeson, Immison, Imison and many more.

First found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Imson research. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1243, 1574, 1768, and 1794 are included under the topic Early Imson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Imson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles Imson, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808

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  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Imson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Imson 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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