Show ContentsAmerson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The illustrious name literally means 'the son of Emery,' [1] or 'Emery’s Son.' [2] The name Emery dates back to the Domesday Book [3] when the Latin version Amalricus, was first listed. [4]

Early Origins of the Amerson family

The surname Amerson was first found in Durham at Finchdale, where William Emeryson was recorded in 1411. Later in 1498, Cuthbert Emerson was listed as a Freeman of York in 1498. [4]

Richard Emryson, Yorkshire was listed in Historia Dunelmensis, but no dates were listed. Surtees Society also lists William Emeryson, Yorkshire: Priory of Finchale; and Richard Emerson, Yorkshire Testamenta Eboracensia. [1]

"The Emersons, who lived at Hill Close House, Darlington, [Durham] for centuries, are still represented in that town and its neighbourhood." [5]

Early History of the Amerson family

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Amerson Spelling Variations

Although the name, Amerson, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Emerson, Emmerson, Emerston and others.

Early Notables of the Amerson family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was William Emerson (1701-1782), English mathematician, the son of Dudley Emerson, a schoolmaster, was born at Hurworth, Durham, on 14 May 1701. He was first educated by his father and a curate who boarded in the house, and was...
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Amerson Ranking

In the United States, the name Amerson is the 5,758th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Amerson family to Ireland

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

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 cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Amerson family name Amerson, or who bore a variation of the surname were Ellis Emerson, his wife Anne, and son Thomas (who was the scion of one of U.S. most distinguished families), settled in Virginia in 1623 from Durham; William Emerson settled in Virginia in 1618 before the ".

Contemporary Notables of the name Amerson (post 1700) +

  • Archie Amerson (b. 1974), American former running back in the Canadian Football League, Walter Payton Award winner in 1996
  • Lucius Amerson, the first African American Sheriff in the South since Reconstruction in 1967
  • Glenn Douglas Amerson (b. 1938), American professional NFL football defensive back for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1961
  • Stephen "Steve" Amerson (b. 1954), American singer, songwriter, and recording artist
  • David Amerson (b. 1991), American football cornerback for the Washington Redskins
  • Lucius Amerson, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1972; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Alabama, 1972 [7]
  • Harvey Sandburg Amerson (1875-1943), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Antrim County, 1911-12 [7]

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from on Facebook