Show ContentsDeshon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Deshon comes from the medieval personal name Dennis. Deshon is a metronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. In this case, the surname comes from the first name of the mother, or of another female ancestor of the bearer. It was common for second sons to take the name of their mother as a surname in the Middle Ages. In general, where patronymic surnames were used, the first son adopted the given name of his father as a surname. This type of surname is the most common form of hereditary surname. The earliest origins of this family were found in the county of Worcestershire, where they had been settled prior to the Norman Conquest, in 1066.

Early Origins of the Deshon family

The surname Deshon was first found in London where Richard Dysun was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1274. Later, Ralph Dyson was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296 and John Dysone was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire in 1327. John Dyesson was a Freeman of York in 1387. John, son of Dionysia de Langside is also called John Dyson de Langside in 1369. [1]

"Dy or Dye, whence the patronymic Dyson. Almost all our Dysons hail from Yorkshire, where the font-name had a popularity second only to those of Matilda and Isabel. " [2]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 include: Johannes Dison; Johannes Dison; and Dionisia uxor Thome Dison. [2]

"Dyson is a name now numerous in the Huddersfield district [of West Yorkshire]. It was well established in the parish of Ecclesfield during the reign of Elizabeth I." [3]

Early History of the Deshon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deshon research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1387, 1688, 1722, 1776, 1742, 1788, 1860, 1808, 1816, 1812, 1816, 1816 and 1836 are included under the topic Early Deshon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Deshon Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Deshon were recorded, including Dyson, Dison, Disson, Dysson and others.

Early Notables of the Deshon family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Jeremiah Dyson (1722-1776), English civil servant and politician who has been tersely described as ‘by birth a tailor, by education a dissenter, and from interest or vanity in his earlier years a republican.’ His father, whether a tailor or not, left considerable means to his son, who, it is established by many witnesses, professed in early life the extremist principles of Whiggism. For two years he studied at the university of Edinburgh, and ‘Jupiter’ Carlyle bears testimony to his ‘perfect idea of the constitution of the church of Scotland, and the nature and...
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United States Deshon migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Deshon family emigrate to North America:

Deshon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Deshon, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Eloisa Deshon, aged 1, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
Deshon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • C. Deshon, who landed in America, in 1906
  • S.D.(Susie) Deshon, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1911
  • John J. Deshon, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States, in 1912
  • Mrs John J Deshon, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Florence Deshon, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1916
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Deshon (post 1700) +

  • John Deshon, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from New London, 1834 [4]
  • Daniel Deshon, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 7th District, 1839 [5]
  • Florence Deshon (1893-1922), American silent motion picture actress who appeared in over twenty films from 1915 to 1921
  • George Deshon (1823-1903), American Paulist Father
  • David Peter Tower Deshon (1923-1992), English school cricketer
  • Aaron DeShon McGhee (b. 1979), American professional NBA basketball forward


  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2017, April 12) John Deshon. Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2017, April 12) Daniel Deshon. Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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