Edman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The generations and branches of the Edman family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Edman comes from the given name Edmond.

Saint Edmund or Eadmund (841-870), was King of the East Angles, martyr, and saint and was born in Saxony in the city of Nüremberg in 841, being the son of King Alkmund and Queen Scivare. "Eadmund began his reign on 25 Dec. 855, and was crowned and anointed king of East Anglia by Humbert, bishop of Hulme, the following Christmas day, being then fifteen years old." [1]

Edmund or Eadmund (922?-946), king of the English, was son of Eadward the Elder and Edmund called Ironside (981?-1016), was king, the third son, probably, of Æthelred the Unready. Saint Edmund (1170?-1240), was Archbishop of Canterbury, born on St. Edmund's day (20 Nov.), probably between 1170 and 1175. [1]

Early Origins of the Edman family

The surname Edman was first found in Oxfordshire, where the first on record of the family was Edmund of Woodstock, Earl of Kent (1301-1330), youngest son of Edward I, by his second wife, Margaret of France. Born at Woodstock, he received from his father a revenue of seven thousand marks a year. It is thought that Edward I was to confer the rich earldom of Cornwall either on Edmund or on his elder brother Thomas of Brotherton; but the accession of Edward II negated that possibility. Edward II made Edmund Lord of the Castle and Honour of Knaresborough in 1319 and the next year granted him lands of the value of two thousand marks a year. [1]

Early History of the Edman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edman research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1544, 1564, 1622, 1563, 1639, 1563 and 1582 are included under the topic Early Edman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Edman Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Edman include Edmond, Edmonde, Edmon, Edmonds, Edmun, Edmund, Edmunds and many more.

Early Notables of the Edman family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Edmunds (died 1544), English Master of Peterhouse. [1] Sir Clement Edmondes (1564?-1622), was Clerk to the Council, born at Shrawardine in Shropshire. His parentage is not known, but he is described in the Oxford matriculation register as a yeoman's son...
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United States Edman migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Edman or a variant listed above:

Edman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Edman, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1839 [2]
  • Carl Fredrik Edman, who arrived in New York in 1849 [2]
  • Heinrich Edman, aged 19, who arrived in New York, NY in 1876 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Edman (post 1700) +

  • Irwin Edman (1896-1954), American philosopher and professor of philosophy from New York City
  • Leland M. Edman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1964 [3]
  • Julia Woodson Edman, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1948 [3]
  • Joseph R. Edman, American Democratic Party politician, First Selectman of Plainville, Connecticut, 1957 [3]
  • Tore Edman (1904-1995), Swedish gold medalist ski jumper at the 1927 World Championships
  • Phil Edman (b. 1970), Australian politician, Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council for South Metropolitan Region (2009-2017)
  • Pehr Victor Edman (1916-1977), Swedish biochemist who developed the Edman degradation, a method for sequencing proteins
  • Niclas Edman (b. 1991), Swedish ice hockey player
  • Jonas Edman (1967-2000), Swedish gold medalist rifle shooter at the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Johan Edman (1875-1927), Swedish gold medalist tug of war competitor who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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