The surname Ansom is a baptismal name as in "the son of Anne" or the name could have been derived from one of the villages names North and South Anston in Yorkshire
. Both villages date back to before the Domesday Book
. They were listed there as Anestan and Litelanstan and were owned by Roger de Bully at that time. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
In this case, the name Anston is thought to derive from the Old English ana + stan which meant "single or solitary stone." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Ansom family
The surname Ansom was first found in Lancashire
. However, another branch of the family were found since early times at the township of Shugborough in Staffordshire
. " The family of Anson have been seated in the county for many generations. William Anson having purchased the manor in the reign of James I., made it his principal seat; and here, in 1697, was born the distinguished admiral and circumnavigator, George, Lord Anson, who was raised to the peerage, by the title of Lord Anson, in 1747. The vale of Shugborough owes many of its beauties to the late Viscount Anson, father of the present peer, who was elevated to the rank of Earl of Lichfield in September 1831." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Ansom family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ansom research.Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1697, 1762, 1769, 1849, 1797, 1857 and 1857 are included under the topic Early Ansom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ansom Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Ansom include Anson, Hanson, Ansen, Eanson, Ansin and others.
Early Notables of the Ansom family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: George Anson, 1st Baron
Anson (1697-1762), English admiral, noted for his circumnavigation of the globe; General Sir George Anson (1769-1849)... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ansom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ansom family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ansom Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- W. Ansom, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INDIAN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Indian.htm
The Ansom 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: Nil desperandum
Motto Translation: Never despairing.