Absolom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Absolom family

The surname Absolom was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 12th century when Absolon, son of Apsolon, held estates in that shire in 1199.

Early History of the Absolom family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Absolom research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1281, 1302, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Absolom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Absolom Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Absolom has been spelled many different ways, including Absolom, Absalom, Absalon, Absolon, Apsolon, Apslom, Abslom, Asplin, Aspenlon, Aspland, Asplen, Aspling, Aspenlon and many more.

Early Notables of the Absolom family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Absolom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Absolom migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Absoloms to arrive in North America:

Absolom Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Elihu Absolom and William Absalom were recorded as British aliens in New York during the War of 1812

Australia Absolom migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Absolom Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Absolom (post 1700) +

  • Absolom Madden West (1818-1894), American politician, Member of Mississippi State Senate; Presidential Elector for Mississippi, 1876; Greenback Candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1884 [2]

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. John Francis Absolom (1920-1941), Australian Acting Leading Stoker from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [3]


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barwell
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp


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