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Where did the English Deason family come from? What is the English Deason family crest and coat of arms? When did the Deason family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Deason family history?

Deason is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Deason family lived in Westmorland (now part of Cumbria). The family was originally from Osonvilla, near Dieppe, Normandy, and it is from the local form of this name, D'Oson, which means from Oson, that their name derives.


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 Dawson, Daweson and others.

First found in Westmorland where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deason research. Another 333 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1466, 1531, 1541, 1607, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Deason History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Deason Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Deason family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Deason name or one of its variants:

Deason Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho Deason, who arrived in Virginia in 1636

Deason Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Deason, who arrived in New Orleans in 1821
  • W H Deason, aged 43, who arrived in America, in 1894

Deason Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Enoch Deason, aged 23, who arrived in America from St. Mary's, England, in 1907
  • Florence Deason, aged 23, who arrived in America from Nottingham, England, in 1909
  • Norman Deason, aged 23, who arrived in America from Scilly, England, in 1913
  • Albert Stanley Deason, aged 21, who arrived in America from Sally Isles, England, in 1914
  • Clifton E. Deason, aged 26, who arrived in America, in 1920

Deason Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Deason, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"


  • Sean Deason, American techno producer from Detroit
  • Ellen Muriel Deason (1919-2012), birth name of Kitty Wells, an American country music singer awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the nickname Queen of Country Music
  • John Deason, Cornish prospector who co-discovered the "Welcome Stanger," the largest alluvial gold nugget ever found on 5 February 1869 at Moliagul, Victoria, Australia


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The Deason Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Deason Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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