Milsom Surname History

The name Milsom was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the popular Norman given name Miles.

Early Origins of the Milsom family

The surname Milsom was first found in Shropshire, at Milson, a parish, in the union of Cleobury-Mortimer, part of the Overs Hunderd which dates back to the Domesday Book where is was listed as Mulstone. At that time, there was a manor, and land for 6 ploughs. It was held by Osbern fitzRichard at that time. [1] The village had 160 inhabitants in 1848 and the local church was dedicated to St. George. The name was probably derived from the Old English personal name + "tun" [2] and literally means "farmstead of a man called Myndel or Miles. Today there is also a Milson Island in New South Wales, Australia and has been established for over 100 years. Milsons Point near Sydney, Australia was named after James Milson (1785-1872), from Lincolnshire one of the earliest settlers. In New Zealand, Milson is a suburb of Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui.

Important Dates for the Milsom family

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Milsom Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Milson, Millson, Milison, Millison, Millyson, Milyson, Myllison, Mylison, Myleson, Mylleson, Mylson, Milsom, Mylsom, Milsolm, Millsolm, Melsam, Melsan, Melson, Melsom, Milsson, Melsome and many more.

Early Notables of the Milsom family (pre 1700)

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Milsom migration to the United States

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Milsom or a variant listed above:

Milsom Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Winifred Gertrude Milsom, aged 27, who immigrated to America from Wiltshire, England, in 1904
  • John Milsom, aged 44, who settled in America from Southampton, in 1906
  • George R Milsom, aged 23, who landed in America from Harrowgate, England, in 1913
  • Harold Milsom, aged 23, who landed in America from Southampton, in 1917
  • William Weston Milsom, aged 21, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1917
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Milsom migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Milsom Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Gertrude Milsom, aged 33, who settled in Halifax, Canada, in 1924

Milsom migration to Australia

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

Milsom Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Milsom (post 1700)

  • Stroud Francis Charles "S.F.C." Milsom QC FBA FRHistS (1923-2016), English legal historian from Merton, Surrey, President of the Selden Society from 1985 to 1988
  • Edward Milsom, English professional rugby league footballer who played for Wakefield Trinity (1895-1998)
  • Jack Milsom (1907-1977), English footballer who played for the Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City and Rochdale from 1926 through 1939
  • Robert Steven Milsom (b. 1987), English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Notts County
  • John Milsom (b. 1907), English footballer
  • Veronica Louise Milsom (b. 1984), Australian radio presenter, comedian and actress
  • Nigel Milsom (b. 1975), Australian painter from Albury, New South Wales

Historic Events for the Milsom family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Ada  Milsom (1879-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from
  4. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from
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