Show ContentsDanson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Danson 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 Danson family

The surname Danson 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 Danson family

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

Danson Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Danson has been spelled many different ways, including Danison, Danisone, Dansone, Danson and others.

Early Notables of the Danson 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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United States Danson migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Dansons to arrive in North America:

Danson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Barbara Danson, who arrived in North Carolina in 1726 [4]

Canada Danson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Danson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Walter Danson, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Silestria" from Belfast, Ireland

Australia Danson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Danson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Danson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [5]
  • Elizabeth Danson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [5]
  • Mr. Matthew Danson who was convicted in Liverpool, Merseyside, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Clara" on 19th March 1857, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Danson (post 1700) +

  • Edward Bridge "Ted" Danson III (b. 1947), American actor notable for his television work, and specifically, for his role as central character Sam Malone in the sitcom Cheers
  • Thomas E. Danson Jr., American Republican politician, Member of Florida State House of Representatives 73rd District; Elected 1978 [7]
  • Barnett Jerome Danson (b. 1921), Canadian Businessman and Politician, Liberal Member of Parliament for York-North, President, Danson Corp. Ltd
  • Mr. Gordon Danson Oates B.E.M., British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to the community in Fleetwood, Lancashire

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Richard Danson, English Assistant Pantry Steward from Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and survived the sinking by escaping in a raft [8]
SS Caribou
  • Mr. John Danson, Newfoundland passenger from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, he survived the sinking

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  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)
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from
  6. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 11th February 2021 from
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from
  8. Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook