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The surname Anson 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. [1]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." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


Anson Early Origins



The surname Anson 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." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Anson Spelling Variations


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Anson Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Anson family name include Anson, Hanson, Ansen, Eanson, Ansin and others.

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Anson Early History


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Anson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Anson 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 Anson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Anson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Anson Early Notables (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 Anson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Anson surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Anson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho Anson, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Mary Anson, who landed in Maryland in 1673
  • Wm. Anson, who came to Virginia in 1678
  • Richard Anson, who came to Maryland in 1681

Anson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Anson, aged 40, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Andrew Anson, who settled in America in 1749
  • John Anson, who arrived in Boston in 1768
  • George Anson, age 21, who arrived in Maryland in 1775

Anson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Anson, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • D Anson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Octavius St. G Anson, who landed in Iowa in 1885

Anson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Anson, aged 18, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nabob"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Anson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Anson (post 1700)



  • William H. J. Anson, American politician, U.S. Consul in Chihuahua, 1849-50
  • Frank A. Anson, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1895-98; Member of Wisconsin State Senate, 1899-1902
  • Adrian Constantine "Cap" Anson (1852-1922), American Major League Baseball player inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939
  • Jay Anson (1921-1980), American author
  • Sir Peter Anson (b. 1924), English Royal Navy Rear-Admiral, High Sheriff of Surrey in 1993
  • Sir William Reynell Anson (1843-1914), English jurist
  • Patrick Anson (b. 1939), 5th Earl of Lichfield, British photographer
  • Eric Anson (1892-1969), New Zealand's first specialist anaesthetist

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Anson Historic Events


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Anson Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Peter Anson, British Midshipman from Kent, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Exeter

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Anson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Anson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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