The Avison surname is derived from the Middle English/Old French given name Avice of uncertain origins.
Early Origins of the Avison family
The surname Avison was first found in Southeast England
. There is a record of a person called "Auicia" in Parish records of St. Benet of Holme, Norfolk
in circa 1175-86; and another of this name in the Feet of Fines for Essex
in 1199. Ricardus filius
Avice was on record in the Subsidy Rolls
Early History of the Avison family
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Avison Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Avis, Avison, Aviss and others.
Early Notables of the Avison family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Avison family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Avison or a variant listed above: George Avis, a servant sent from Bristol to Virginia in 1663; George Avis, who received a land patent in Virginia in 1664; William Avis, who settled in Boston in 1664.
Contemporary Notables of the name Avison (post 1700)
- Alfred Avison, American politician, First Selectman of Norwalk, Connecticut, 1908, 1910 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Charles Avison (1710-1770), English composer
- John Henry Patrick Avison (1915-1983), Canadian conductor and pianist
- Margaret Avison (b. 1918), Canadian poet