Show ContentsCristensone History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Cristensone are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from Christopher, an ancient and popular personal name which has been popular for many years as literally, the name means 'Bearer of Christ'.

Early Origins of the Cristensone family

The surname Cristensone was first found in Yorkshire where Robertus Cristianson is regarded as the first of the family, recorded in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. Just accross the border in Scotland, "Henry Cristeson held a tenement in Stirling in 1412, Alexander Cristini, burgess of Brechin in 1436 is probably the Alexander Cristisone or Cristysoun who appears as a witness in the same town in 1446 and 1447. In the Scots text he is Alexander Cristysoun and in the notary's Latin note he is Alexandra Cristini John Crysteson was burgess of Edinburgh in 1450. " [1]

Early History of the Cristensone family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cristensone research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1312, 1324, 1412, 1446, 1450, 1455, 1479, 1514, 1525, 1531, 1569, 1797, 1797 and 1882 are included under the topic Early Cristensone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cristensone Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Cristensone family name include Christison, Cristeson, Cristisone, Cristysoun, Cristerson, Cristianson, Cristensone, Crystison, Crysteson, Cristison, Cristyson and many more.

Early Notables of the Cristensone family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Cristensone family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Cristensone surname or a spelling variation of the name include: William Christison who sailed to Wisconsin in 1879.

The Cristensone 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: Vitam dirigit
Motto Translation: Life directs

  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) on Facebook