Show ContentsEason History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Picts were the ancient Scottish tribe where the ancestors of the Eason family lived. The name Eason comes from Aythe where Aythe filius Thome received a charter of the lands of Fornochtis in Strathearn from Robert the Steward (later known as Robert II) around 1360. The next of the line was called Johem ayson iuuene. It can be seen how the surname Ayson is a derivative from "Aythe's son." The spelling and pronunciation changed over time, until it reached the modern form of Eason and its variants.

Early Origins of the Eason family

The surname Eason was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where it was of the most ancient surnames in the region. They were connected with the Toschachs of Glentilt.

Early History of the Eason family

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Eason Spelling Variations

Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Eason has been spelled Eason, Easson, Esson, Asson, Assone, Aysoune, Aison and many more.

Early Notables of the Eason family (pre 1700)

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Eason Ranking

In the United States, the name Eason is the 1,785th most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Eason family to Ireland

Some of the Eason family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Eason migration to the United States +

In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Eason:

Eason Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Eason, who was aboard the ship "Sea Venture" who wrecked in Bermudas in 1609, they managed to build a new ship to continue to Jamestown in 1610. [2]
  • Bermudas Eason, who arrived in Virginia in 1610 [2]
  • John Eason, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [2]
  • William Eason, who landed in Virginia in 1665 [2]
Eason Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Eason, who settled in Maine in 1763
  • John Eason, who settled in Maine in 1770
Eason Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Stephen Eason, who arrived in Iowa in 1877 [2]

Canada Eason migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Eason Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Peter Eason, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815

Australia Eason migration to Australia +

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

Eason Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Eason, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. John Eason, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 11th March 1837, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Robert Eason, aged 34, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "William Stuart" [5]

New Zealand Eason migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Eason Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Eason, (b. 1847), aged 19, British domestic servant travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Bombay" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 18th August 1866 [6]
  • Sophia Eason, aged 34, a nurse, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Eason (post 1700) +

  • Andre Eason (b. 1975), American professional boxer
  • Cordera Eason (b. 1987), American football running back in the National Football League
  • Charles Roger Eason Jr. (1918-1998), American guard in the National Football League
  • Jamie Eason (b. 1976), American fitness model and writer
  • Bo Eason (b. 1961), former professional American football player
  • Nicholas Eason (b. 1980), American football defensive end
  • Fulton Eugene Eason (1928-2007), American businessman from Springhill, Louisiana, who ran as a Republican
  • B. Reeves Eason (1886-1956), American silent film director, actor and screenwriter of the early period
  • Charles Carroll "Tony" Eason (b. 1959), American former quarterback
  • David Eason, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 20th District, 1978 [8]
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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