Margeson Surname History

Margeson is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Margeson family lived in Sussex. Their name, however, is thought to be derived from a location in Normandy called Argenson, which would have been used as a name in its local form, D'Argenson, meaning from Argenson. The location, however, like many small settlements of the time, has been lost to the map in contemporary times. It is likely that the M now appears as the first letter of the name in most cases due to confusion with the similar metronymic name meaning son of Margaret. [1]

Early Origins of the Margeson family

The surname Margeson was first found in West Sussex where the family held estates in Offington. One source claims "John D'Argenson, living in 1449, had two sons, one of whom fought at the battle of Pavia, in 1524, and the other, Peter D'Argenson, was founder of the English branch. The Margetsons of Yorkshire sprang from that personage, which may well admit of question, for certainly D'Argenson and Margetson are not much alike." [2]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Robert Marjorison; Richard Marjorison; and Roger Margeryson. [1]

Important Dates for the Margeson family

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Margeson Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Margeson were recorded, including Margesson, Margeson, Margerison, Margetson and many more.

Early Notables of the Margeson family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Margeson family to Ireland

Some of the Margeson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 79 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Margeson migration to the United States

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Margeson arrived in North America very early:

Margeson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Margeson was one of the passengers on the "Mayflower" which arrived in 1620
  • Edmond Margeson, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 [3]
  • Edward Margeson, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1620 [3]
  • Edmund Margeson, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621 [3]
  • Robert Margeson, who settled in Virginia in 1655
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Margeson (post 1700)

  • Matthew Margeson (b. 1980), American composer, known for his work on Wreck-It Ralph (2012), The Expendables (2010), Kick-Ass (2010) and X-Men: First Class (2011)
  • Theodore E. Margeson, Canadian jurist from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, currently serving on the Tax Court of Canada (2005-)
  • Joseph Willis Margeson (1880-1925), Canadian educator, lawyer and politician who represented Lunenburg County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1911 to 1917

Historic Events for the Margeson family

Halifax Explosion
  • Ms. Marion D. Margeson, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from
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