Dansome History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Dansome surname is generally thought to have been a nickname derived from "son of Dan" [1] [2] or "son of Daniel." [3]

Early Origins of the Dansome family

The surname Dansome was first found in Cumberland (now Cumbria.) "For several centuries Danson has been a familiar South Cumberland and Furness surname. It is found in the neighbourhood of Millom." [3]

In the Subsidy Rolls of Cumberland, we found Robert Dandeson who was listed there in 1332. A few years later, John Dandesone was listed in the Register of Freemen in York in 1363 and Robert Danson was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1381. [2]

Early History of the Dansome family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dansome research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1694, 1662, 1916, 1679, 1692 and 1694 are included under the topic Early Dansome History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dansome Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Dansome include Danison, Danisone, Dansone, Danson and others.

Early Notables of the Dansome family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Danson (d. 1694), English nonconformist divine, born in the parish of St. Mary-le-Bow, London. "He then settled at Sibton, Suffolk, but in 1662 he was ejected from that living for nonconformity (Add. MS. 19165, f. 300). Subsequently he preached in London...
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Migration of the Dansome family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Dansome were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Daniel Danison Sr. and Daniel Danison Jr. who arrived in Maryland in 1694.



  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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