Corson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Corson. The Corson family lived in Dumfriesshire, where the first mention of the family was of Morris Acarson, Bailiff of the Isle of Man, appointed by King Alexander I of Scotland about 1100 A.D. This is the same person as Mauritius Okarefair. [1]

The family "was provosts of Dumfries for several generations and were also prominent in local affairs of Kirkcudbrightshire. No value need be attached to the tradition of descent from an Italian named Corsini reputed to have been brought to Scotland by Dervorgilla to superintend the building of Sweetheart Abbey. Everything points to native origin. " [1]

Early Origins of the Corson family

The surname Corson was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they are believed to be descended from the Irish Clan MacCarrghama of the Hy Fiachra and arrived on the south west Scottish coast about the 9th century.

Sir Robert de Acarson (or de Carsan), a cleric witnessed a charter of Holm Cultram in 1276 and it may be the same Robert de Carsan who rendered homage to Edward I in 1296. [1]

"Laughlan, son of Laughlan de Carsan and Dovenald, son of Thomas de Carsan were among some Galloway hostages lodged in Carlisle. In 1305 John Acarson and others took the castle of Dumfries from its garrison. Morice Acrassane and Gilbert were jurors on an inquisition at Drumfrese, 1367." [1]

Early History of the Corson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Corson research. Another 270 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1305, 1374, 1377, 1373, 1374, 1394, 1445, 1180, 1453, 1503, 1531, 1665, 1772, 1843, 1799, 1808, 1808, 1776, 1844, 1776 and are included under the topic Early Corson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Corson Spelling Variations

The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Corson has appeared as Carson, Carsen and others.

Early Notables of the Corson family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was James Carson M.D. (1772-1843), Scottish physician who was originally educated for the ministry, but his inclination leading him to the study of physic, he attended medical classes at Edinburgh, and graduated doctor of medicine there in the autumn of 1799 (inaugural essay, 'De Viribus quibus Sanguis circumvehitur'). He then removed to Liverpool, where he remained for the greater part of his professional career. In 1808 his name came prominently before the public in connection with the case of Charles Angus, a Liverpool merchant, who was charged with the murder of Miss Margaret Burns...
Another 105 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Corson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Corson Ranking

In the United States, the name Corson is the 6,770th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Corson family to Ireland

Some of the Corson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 129 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Corson migration to the United States +

As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Corson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Corson, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
Corson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alice Y. Corson, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Annie Corson, aged 26, who settled in America from Glasgow, in 1905
  • Emily Corson, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • George Corson, aged 55, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Georgina Corson, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Corson migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Corson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • R. Corson, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 18th November 1863 [3]
  • Thomas Corson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • George Corson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Elizabeth Corson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name Corson (post 1700) +

  • Amelia "Mille" Gade Corson (b. 1899), Danish-born American long-distance swimmer
  • Juliet Corson (1841-1897), American leader in cookery education
  • Fred Pierce Corson (1896-1985), American bishop of The Methodist Church
  • Dighton Corson, American politician in the states of Wisconsin and South Dakota
  • Hiram Corson (1828-1911), American professor of literature
  • James Corson (1906-1981), American Olympic athlete
  • Dale R. Corson (1914-2012), American eighth president of Cornell University
  • George Corson (1829-1910), Scottish architect
  • Thomas Allan Napier Corson (1902-1972), New Zealand businessman and local politician
  • Shayne Corson (b. 1966), retired Canadian professional hockey player


The Corson 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: Ne m'oubliez
Motto Translation: Don't forget me.


  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. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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