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The story of the name Edmondson is long and rich in history. It begins among the Boernicians of the Scottish/English Borderlands where the name was derived from the personal name Edmond. Edmondson is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Many patronyms were formed by a son using his father's personal name as a surname. Others were taken from the names of important religious and secular figures. Members of the Edmondson family settled in Scotland, just following the Norman Conquest of England, in 1066.

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The surname Edmondson was first found in Edinburghshire, a former county, now part of the Midlothian council area where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Queen Margaret of Scotland. They take their name from the place name Edmondstone, the tun of Eadmund, near Edinburgh. The name may have been derived from Aedmund filius Forn, one of the witnesses to a charter by Thor filius Swani (c. 1150)[1]

Boernician names that evolved in the largely preliterate Middle Ages are often marked by considerable spelling variations. Edmondson has been spelled Edmondson, Edmonson, Edminson, Edminston, Edmiston, Edmeston, Edmondon and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edmondson research. Another 325 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1070, 1560, 1607, 1659, 1622, 1627, 1712 and 1654 are included under the topic Early Edmondson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Edmondson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Edmondson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Boernician-Scottish Clan families who came to North America were Loyalists who went north to Canada after the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border went on to found two of the world's great nations. This century, families with Scottish roots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and clan societies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Edmondson or a variant listed above:

Edmondson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Edmondson, who landed in Maryland in 1658
  • Mary Edmondson, who landed in Maryland in 1668
  • William Edmondson, who arrived in Maryland in 1668
  • Tho Edmondson, who arrived in Virginia in 1699

Edmondson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Edmondson, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Thomas G Edmondson, aged 22, landed in Maryland in 1812
  • Arthur Edmondson, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1893

Edmondson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Albert James Edmondson, aged 19, who landed in America from England, in 1904
  • Annie Edmondson, aged 19, who emigrated to America from Manchester, in 1905
  • Ambrose Edmondson, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Barraw, England, in 1910
  • Cissie Edmondson, aged 26, who landed in America from Nottingham, England, in 1910
  • Catherine Edmondson, aged 23, who landed in America from Barrow in Fuless, England, in 1911


Edmondson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • B. Edmondson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849

Edmondson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Edmondson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865
  • J. Edmondson arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1869
  • William Edmondson, aged 23, a printer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874

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  • Winston Edmondson, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Lewisville, Texas, 2012
  • William Brockway Edmondson (b. 1927), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, 1978-81
  • W. A. Edmondson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1996, 2000; Member, Platform Committee, 2008; Oklahoma State Attorney General; Elected 2002
  • Steven L. Edmondson, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Tennessee 5th District, 1992 (Independent), 1996 (Republican)
  • Michael Edmondson, American politician, Representative from New Jersey 1st District, 1996
  • Jeanette Bartleson Edmondson (1925-1990), American politician, Secretary of State of Oklahoma
  • James Howard Edmondson (1925-1971), American Democrat politician, Tulsa County Attorney, 1954-58; Governor of Oklahoma, 1959-63; U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, 1963-64
  • James E. Edmondson, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, 1980-81
  • J. R. Edmondson, American politician, Mayor of Plant City, Florida, 1886-88
  • H. A. Edmondson, American politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 21st District, 1908-15

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtus auget honorem
Motto Translation: Virtue increases honour.

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  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
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