Danson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Danson arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Danson family lived in Lancashire. The name is said to be of Angevin origin, and it is likely that it is a local reference to a town now lost to the maps.

Early Origins of the Danson family

The surname Danson was first found in Lancashire where conjecturally they were descended from the great Norman noble, Ive or Ivo Taillebois, who held large portions of the north of Lancashire, and that part of Westmorland which came under the barony of Kendal. The surnames also descended from this noble are Lancaster, Kendal and Irby, Bardsea, Broughton, Kirby and Preston. Ivo arrived in England with William the Conqueror, but there is little known of the family except that they were Angevin.

Important Dates for the Danson family

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Danson Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Danison, Danisone, Dansone, Danson and others.

Early Notables of the Danson family (pre 1700)

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Danson migration to the United States

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Danson name or one of its variants:

Danson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Barbara Danson, who arrived in North Carolina in 1726 [1]

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

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 [2]
  • Elizabeth Danson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [2]

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 [3]
  • 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

Historic Events for the Danson family

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Richard Danson, English Assistant Pantry Steward from Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in a raft [4]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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