Acheson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Acheson was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by an ancient Scottish people called the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in Berwickshire.

Early Origins of the Acheson family

The surname Acheson was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where one of the first records of the name was Johannes filius Ade was a "custumar" of North Berwick in 1384 and later appears as John Atkynsoun in 1387. [1]

Early History of the Acheson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Acheson research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1408, 1563, 1552, 1558, 1580, 1634, 1621, 1628, 1580, 1634, 1000, 1611, 1638, 1629, 1685, 1657, 1657, 1655, 1701, 1695, 1699, 1695, 1688, 1748, 1727, 1748 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Acheson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Acheson Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Acheson has been spelled Acheson, Acherson, Atcherson, Aitcheson, Aitchison, Atcheson, Achison and many more.

Early Notables of the Acheson family (pre 1700)

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Acheson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Acheson family to Ireland

Some of the Acheson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 183 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Acheson migration to the United States +

Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them:

Acheson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Susan Acheson, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [2]
  • Thomasin Acheson, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [2]
Acheson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nanny Acheson, aged 21, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [2]
  • David Acheson Jr., who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [2]
  • Daniel Acheson Sr., who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [2]
  • Thomas Acheson who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1798 followed by Joseph in 1828 and George in 1832
  • Samuel H Acheson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Acheson migration to Australia +

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

Acheson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Acheson, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"

Contemporary Notables of the name Acheson (post 1700) +

  • Marcus Wilson Acheson (1828-1906), American politician, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 1880-91; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, 1891-1906; Died in office 1906 [3]
  • James M. Acheson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1952 [3]
  • Ernest Francis Acheson (1855-1917), American Republican politician, Newspaper editor; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1884, 1896; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 24th District, 1895-1909 [3]
  • Donald R. Acheson, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Texas State Senate 30th District, 2002 [3]
  • Donald Acheson, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 84th District, 1978 [3]
  • David Campion Acheson (b. 1921), American politician, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, 1961-65 [3]
  • David Acheson, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Washington, Pennsylvania, 1853-57 [3]
  • Charles L. V. Acheson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916 (alternate), 1920, 1932 [3]
  • Alexander W. Acheson (1842-1934), American Republican politician, Candidate for Governor of Texas, 1906; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Texas, 1916; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 4th District, 1920 [3]
  • Dean Gooderham Acheson (1893-1971), U.S. Secretary of State in the Truman Administration and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Acheson Motto +

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: Ane chast arbor
Motto Translation: One pure tree.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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