Addison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Addison family

The surname Addison was first found in the Northern English and Scottish Borders. It is generally thought that the first record of the name was found on the English side in Yorkshire: John Addisone in 1308. Years later, Robert Addesone was also found in Yorkshire in 1498. [1]

Across the border in Scotland, the name was fairly common "in the eastern counties from Linlithgow to Aberdeen." [2] In this case, Alicia relict of quondam Johannes filius Ede de Colly was granted four acres of land on the north side of the town of Colly in 1367. Three years later, William Adison was rector of Luss in 1370 and a few years after that, Gilbert filius Ade was a tenant of the Douglases in the barony of Kylboucho in 1376. [2]

Important Dates for the Addison family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Addison research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1308, 1415, 1430, 1436, 1443, 1449, 1580, 1611, 1538, 1505, 1672, 1719, 1632, 1703, 1673, 1709, 1709, 1632, 1703, 1683, 1684, 1672 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Addison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Addison Spelling Variations

During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Addison occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Addison, Addeson, Addesoun, Adieson, Adison, Edison and many more.

Early Notables of the Addison family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was John Addison ( fl. 1538), English divine, a native of the diocese of York, who was admitted to a fellowship at Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, in 1505. [3] Joseph Addison (1672-1719), was an English essayist, poet, and statesman, son of Lancelot Addison...
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Migration of the Addison family to Ireland

Some of the Addison family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Addison migration to the United States

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Addison, or a spelling variation of the surname include:

Addison Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Addison, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Addison, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [4]
  • Tho Addison, who landed in Virginia in 1634 [4]
  • Matthew Addison, who settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Mathew Addison, aged 17, who arrived in St Christopher in 1635 [4]
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Addison Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Addison, who arrived in Georgia in 1735 [4]
  • Edward Addison, who landed in Georgia in 1740 [4]
  • Robert Addison, who arrived in Maryland in 1743 [4]
  • John Addison, aged 26, who landed in New York in 1774 [4]
  • Nicholas Addison, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1776 [4]
Addison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Tho Addison, who landed in America in 1805 [4]
  • Miss Addison, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855 [4]

Addison migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Addison Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Robert Addison, who arrived in Canada in 1791
Addison Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Willis Addison, who landed in Canada in 1834

Addison migration to Australia

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

Addison Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Addison, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Thomas Plummer Addison, who arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [6]
  • Eliza Mary Addison, who arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [6]
  • Sarah Addison, who arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [6]
  • James Addison, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1839 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Addison migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Addison Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Addison, British settler arriving as the 1st detachment of Royal New Zealand Fencible Corps travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 [8]
  • Mr. George Addison, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Sevilla" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1859 [8]
  • Mrs. Addison, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Sevilla" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1859 [8]
  • William Addison, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863
  • William Addison, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Timaru" in 1870
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Contemporary Notables of the name Addison (post 1700)

  • Tom Addison (1936-2011), American AFL football linebacker
  • S. T. Addison, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1900 [9]
  • Robert A. Addison, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1965; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1968 [9]
  • Marion W. Addison, American Democrat politician, Independent Democratic Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 11th District, 1904 [9]
  • M. D. Addison, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1960 [9]
  • John Addison, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Ulster County, 1795-96; Member of New York State Senate Middle District, 1797-1800 [9]
  • Henry Addison, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Georgetown, District of Columbia, 1861-65 [9]
  • Glenn Addison, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Texas, 2012 [9]
  • George D. Addison, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Dent County, 1927-28 [9]
  • E. H. Addison, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1912 [9]
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Addison family

HMAS Sydney II
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. John C Addison, British Ordnance Coder, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [11]

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Citations

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CAROLINE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Caroline.htm
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  11. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
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