The name Atmiston comes from the Scottish/English Borderlands and the ancient Boernicians
who inhabited them. It is derived from the personal name
Edmond. Atmiston is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. Many patronyms were formed by a son using his father's personal name as a surname. Others were taken from the names of important religious and secular figures. Members of the Atmiston family settled in Scotland
, just following the Norman Conquest
, in 1066.
Early Origins of the Atmiston family
The surname Atmiston was first found in Edinburghshire
, a former county, now part of the Midlothian
council area where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Queen Margaret of Scotland
. They take their name from the place name Edmondstone, the tun of Eadmund, near Edinburgh. The name may have been derived from Aedmund filius
Forn, one of the witnesses to a charter by Thor filius Swani (c.
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)
Early History of the Atmiston family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atmiston research.Another 325 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1070, 1560, 1607, 1659, 1622, 1627, 1712 and 1654 are included under the topic Early Atmiston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Atmiston Spelling Variations
Over the years, Atmiston has been written It appears under these variations because medieval scribes spelled names according to sound rather than by any over-arching set of rules. Edmondson, Edmonson, Edminson, Edminston, Edmiston, Edmeston, Edmondon and many more.
Early Notables of the Atmiston family (pre 1700)
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Atmiston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Atmiston family to Ireland
Some of the Atmiston family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Atmiston family to the New World and Oceana
When these Boernician-Scottish settlers arrived in North America they brought little with them and often had restart their lives from scratch. Through time, much of their heritage was lost, and it is only this century through Clan
societies and highland games that many have recovered their national heritage. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Atmiston family to immigrate North America: Francis Edmonson arrived in Philadelphia in 1796; followed by George Edmonson in 1856; Robert Edmonton arrived in Philadelphia in 1853.
The Atmiston 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: Virtus auget honorem
Motto Translation: Virtue increases honour.