Alesson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Alesson is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the pet-name "Alice" as in "the son of Alice." One source claims that name was in fact, Norman having derived from "Bernard de Alençon who held several lordships from Hervey de Bourges, Suffolk, belonged to the family of the Counts of Alençon, descended from Ivo or Belesme, c. 940. " [1] The phonetic resemblance of the name Alençon and the name Alesson is apparent, but no other sources confirmed this ancient heritage. Of note was Alisoun (Alison) who appears in Chaucer's "Miller's Tale" c. 1386, as John's younger wife. [2]

Early Origins of the Alesson family

The surname Alesson was first found in various counties and shires throughout Britain. Some of the earliest listing include those listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Richard filius Alice in Oxfordshire; Nicholas filius Alicie in Cambridgeshire; and Isabel filius Alice in Oxfordshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls list Johannes Alysson in 1379. [3]

Important Dates for the Alesson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alesson research. Another 176 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1447, 1617, 1618, 1618, 1510, 1600, 1536, 1332, 1455, 1487, 1560, 1610, 1697, 1697, 1698, 1698 and are included under the topic Early Alesson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Alesson Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Alesson include Allyson, Allison, Allisson, Allysson, Alesson and many more.

Early Notables of the Alesson family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Richard Allison (ca. 1560-1610), an English composer, best known for his de la Tromba, a broken consort piece. Thomas Allison ( fl. 1697), was an Arctic voyager, "of whose personal history we have no record beyond what is to be gleaned from a journal of one of his voyages afterwards published. While in command of the ship Ann, of Yarmouth, of 260 tons, in the service of the Russia Company, he left Archangel in the White Sea on his homeward voyage, on 8 Oct. 1697. After beating about for seventeen days off the coasts of Russia. It...
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Migration of the Alesson family to Ireland

Some of the Alesson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Alesson family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: George Allyson who settled in Virginia in 1662; Sarah Allyson who settled in Virginia in 1656; Andrew Allison who settled in Philadelphia in 1750 with his two brothers named James and Robert.

Citations

  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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