Show ContentsEdmondson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Edmondson family

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]

Early History of the Edmondson family

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Edmondson Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Edmondson family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Henry Edmondson (1607-1659), an English schoolmaster, entered Queen's College, Oxford in 1622 aged 15. William Edmundson (1627-1712), was an English Quaker whose father was a wealthy yeoman, was born...
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Edmondson Ranking

In the United States, the name Edmondson is the 2,014th most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Edmondson family to Ireland

Some of the Edmondson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Edmondson migration to the United States +

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 [3]
  • Mary Edmondson, who landed in Maryland in 1668 [3]
  • William Edmondson, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [3]
  • Tho Edmondson, who arrived in Virginia in 1699 [3]
Edmondson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Edmondson, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 [3]
  • Thomas G Edmondson, aged 22, who landed in Maryland in 1812 [3]
  • 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 immigrated to America from Manchester, in 1905
  • Ambrose Edmondson, aged 19, who immigrated 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Edmondson migration to Australia +

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

Edmondson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • B. Edmondson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849 [4]
  • Mr. Joshua Edmondson, (John), (b. 1827), aged 22, English woolcomber who was convicted in Bradford, Yorkshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Eliza" on 12th December 1849, arriving in Norfolk Island and Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]

New Zealand Edmondson 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:

Edmondson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Edmondson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865
  • Mr. J. E. Edmondson, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gloriosa" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 22nd January 1865 [6]
  • J. Edmondson, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1869
  • William Edmondson, aged 23, a printer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Edmondson (post 1700) +

  • George E. Edmondson Jr. (1922-2019), American insurance salesman from Tampa, Florida, known to the University of Florida community as "Mr. Two Bits"
  • Paul Michael Edmondson (1943-1970), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played in the 1969 for the Chicago White Sox
  • Jerold A. Edmondson, American Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Arlington
  • Edmond "Ed" Augustus Edmondson (1919-1990), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma (1953-1973)
  • Thomas William Edmondson Ph. D (1869-1938), English-born, American mathematician
  • James Howard Edmondson (1925-1971), American politician, 16th Governor of Oklahoma from 1959 to 1963
  • Edmund "Ed" Edmondson (1920-1982), President of the United States Chess Federation from 1963 to 1966
  • William Andrew "Drew" Edmondson (b. 1946), American lawyer and politician, 16th Attorney General of Oklahoma (1995-2011)
  • Donna Edmondson (b. 1966), American model, Playboy's Playmate of the Month for November 1986 and Playmate of the Year for 1987
  • David J. Edmondson (b. 1960), American businessman, former chief executive officer and President of RadioShack
  • ... (Another 25 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Kenneth E. Edmondson, American Coxswain working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [7]

The Edmondson Motto +

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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  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The POSTHUMOUS 1849. Retrieved from
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th February 2022). Retrieved from
  6. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  7. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook