Atcheson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

An ancient Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name Atcheson. They lived in Berwickshire.

Early Origins of the Atcheson family

The surname Atcheson was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where one of the first records of the name was Johannes filius Ade was a "custumar" of North Berwick in 1384 and later appears as John Atkynsoun in 1387. [1]

Early History of the Atcheson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atcheson research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1408, 1563, 1552, 1558, 1580, 1634, 1621, 1628, 1580, 1634, 1000, 1611, 1638, 1629, 1685, 1657, 1657, 1655, 1701, 1695, 1699, 1695, 1688, 1748, 1727, 1748 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Atcheson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Atcheson Spelling Variations

Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Atcheson has been spelled Acheson, Acherson, Atcherson, Aitcheson, Aitchison, Atcheson, Achison and many more.

Early Notables of the Atcheson family (pre 1700)

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Atcheson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Atcheson family to Ireland

Some of the Atcheson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 183 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Atcheson migration to the United States +

For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Atcheson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Atcheson, who arrived in Maryland in 1652 [2]
  • Nicholas Atcheson, who landed in Maryland in 1665 [2]
  • Vincent Atcheson, who arrived in Maryland in 1671 [2]
Atcheson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Atcheson who landed in New York State in 1775
Atcheson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Atcheson and his wife who settled in New London, Conn. in 1811
  • Hugh Atcheson, who landed in New London, Connecticut in 1811 [2]
  • John Atcheson, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Adam Atcheson, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [2]
  • David Atcheson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Atcheson (post 1700) +

  • Randall Atcheson, American concert pianist
  • George Atcheson Jr. (b. 1896), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Changsha, 1923-24; North Bay, 1926-27; Tientsin, 1927-28; U.S. Consul in Tientsin, 1928, 1929-32; Foochow, 1928-29 [3]
  • Paul 'Patch' Atcheson (b. 1973), English former professional rugby league footballer
  • William Atcheson Traill (1844-1933), Irish engineer who co-founded the Portrush, Bushmills, and Giant's Causeway Railway and Tramway Company in 1881 with his brother Anthony Traill
  • Robert Atcheson Alberts (b. 1872), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1928, 1932 [4]


The Atcheson 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: Ane chast arbor
Motto Translation: One pure tree.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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