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The name Williamson was first used by the people of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Strathclyde Britons. It is derived from the Norman personal name William. The name literally was derived from the patronymic expression son of William.

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The surname Williamson was first found in Peebles, where this predominantly Scottish Clan held a family seat anciently, although their interests straddled the English Scottish border and they held territories as far south as Keswick in Cumberland.

Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Williamson has been spelled Williamson, Wiliamson, Williamsone and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Williamson research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1633, 1701, 1665, 1785, 1690, 1701, 1677, 1780 and are included under the topic Early Williamson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst the family at this time was Dainty Davie or David Williamson, the ebullient Edinburgh preacher who buried six wives and the seventh buried him; and Sir...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Williamson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Williamson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Williamson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Michael Williamson, who settled in Massachusetts in 1631
  • Maxwell Williamson, who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • David Williamson landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Anthony Williamson, who landed in Virginia in 1642
  • Thomas Williamson, who arrived in Virginia in 1649
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Williamson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Barbery Williamson, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Andrew Williamson, who landed in Brunswick, North Carolina in 1775

Williamson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adam Williamson, aged 22, landed in New York in 1812
  • Alexander Williamson, who landed in New York in 1855
  • Ann Williamson, aged 17, arrived in New York in 1864
  • David Williamson, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1864
  • Ellen Williamson, aged 25, landed in New York in 1864
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Williamson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Andreas Christian Williamson, who arrived in Alabama in 1917
  • James Williamson, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Pennyworth" from Havre, France [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q3-RZ4 : 6 December 2014), James Williamson, 21 Dec 1919; citing departure port Havre, arrival port New York, ship name Pennyworth, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Annie Williamson, aged 40, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q7-9QQ : 6 December 2014), Annie Williamson, 28 Dec 1919; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • John Williamson, aged 7, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q7-9Q7 : 6 December 2014), John Williamson, 28 Dec 1919; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Williamson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Archibald Williamson U.E., (Willison) born in Argyllshire, Scotland who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784he is listed with the Loyalists and Disbanded Soldiers whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists, he served in the 74th Regiment [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. George Williamson U.E., (Willison) who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Williamson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • David Williamson, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Betsy Heron" from Belfast, Ireland

Williamson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Williamson, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • George Williamson, a cutler, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Williamson, a iron-founder, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Margaret Williamson, Scottish convict from Aberdeen, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Mary Williamson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenswilly" in 1839
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Williamson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • David Williamson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Francis Williamson landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Williamson landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Williamson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Charles Williamson, aged 16, a labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
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  • Claude Berkeley Williamson (1926-2016), American jazz pianist
  • Richard Williamson (1941-2015), American college and NFL football coach
  • Kate Williamson (1931-2013), born Robina Jane Sparks, an American actress, best known for her roles on Ellen (1995), Disclosure (1994), and Dahmer (2002)
  • Richard Salisbury Williamson (1949-2013), American lawyer, diplomat and pedagogue, 17th Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (1988-1989)
  • Michael T. "Mykelti" Williamson (b. 1960), American actor
  • Oliver Eaton Williamson Ph.D. (b. 1932), prominent author in the area of transaction cost economics and co-winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Economics
  • Hugh Williamson (1735-1819), American political leader, physician, scientist who represented North Carolina at the Constitutional Convention
  • Scott Ryan Williamson (b. 1976), American professional baseball player
  • Kevin Williamson (b. 1965), American film and television writer, producer and director
  • John Williamson (1826-1885), Scottish-born American landscape artist
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Williamson Historic Events



Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. James Harold Williamson (b. 1964), American Specialist 4th Class from Waynesville, Missouri, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Percy Robert Williamson, British Senior 5th Engineer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Miss Marie Agnes  Williamson (1907-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Maurice Douglas Williamson (1918-1941), Australian Leading Stoker from Lenah Valley, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Sydney Thomas Lawrence Williamson (1916-1941), Australian Acting Petty Officer from Elwood, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Harry Williamson (b. 1918), English Leading Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Sunderland, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Arthur Sydney Williamson, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Kenneth Arthur Williamson, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. George Alexander Williamson, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Charles Francis Williamson, American 1st Class Passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. James Bertram Williamson (d. 1912), aged 35, Irish Postal Clerk from Dublin, Ireland who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q3-RZ4 : 6 December 2014), James Williamson, 21 Dec 1919; citing departure port Havre, arrival port New York, ship name Pennyworth, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q7-9QQ : 6 December 2014), Annie Williamson, 28 Dec 1919; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q7-9Q7 : 6 December 2014), John Williamson, 28 Dec 1919; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  7. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Williamson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Williamson 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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