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Where did the Scottish Wilsoon family come from? What is the Scottish Wilsoon family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wilsoon family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wilsoon family history?The descendents of Viking settlers in ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Wilsoon. It was derived from the personal name William. The name literally was derived from the patronymic expression son of William or son of Wil. 
Intuition and sound were the primary sources medieval scribes used to judge appropriate spellings and translations for names. The spelling of a name thus varied according to who was doing the recording. The different spelling variations of Wilsoon include Wilson, Willson, Wilsone, Wulson, Wilsoun and others.
First found in Berwickshire, where John Wulson was a merchant in the service of Sir John of Montgomery in 1405. Michael Wilsoun was Burgess of Irvine in 1418, and John Wilson was Burgess of Berwick in 1467. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wilsoon research. Another 333 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1563, 1603, 1685, 1680 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Wilsoon History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 89 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wilsoon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Wilsoon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
In their new home, Scots found land and opportunity, and some even fought for their new freedom in the American War of Independence. Some, who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, the ancestors of both of these groups have begun recovering their illustrious national heritage through Clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Wilsoon name: John Wilson, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Christopher Wilson, a Scotch prisoner sent to Boston in 1651; Andrew Wilson, who arrived in New England in 1651.
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: Vincit qui se vincit
Motto Translation: He conquers, who conquers himself.
The Wilsoon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wilsoon 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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