Colsom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Anglo-Saxon name Colsom comes from the family having resided in the region of Colston, a parish in the county of Nottingham.
Early Origins of the Colsom family
The surname Colsom was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
Early History of the Colsom family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colsom research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1090, 1200, 1379, 1680, 1760, 1668, 1636, 1721 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Colsom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Colsom Spelling Variations
Colsom has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Coulson, Colson, Colsune, Colsoun, Colsoune, Culson, Culsoune, Cullson, Collson, Coullson, Collsoun and many more.
Early Notables of the Colsom family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Colson (1680-1760), British mathematician, Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University. He "was son of Francis Colson of Lichfield, vicar-choral of the cathedral and nephew of John Strype, the ecclesiastical historian." 
Lancelot Colson (fl. 1668), was an astrologer who practised at the sign of the Royal Oak on...
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Migration of the Colsom family
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Colsoms to arrive on North American shores: John Coulson who settled in Hampstead, Connecticut, in the year 1666; John Coulson settled in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774; and Adam Colson settled in Reading sometime before 1668.
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The Colsom 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: Je mourrai pour ceux que j'aime
Motto Translation: I would die for those I love.
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print