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Where did the Scottish Edmonson family come from? What is the Scottish Edmonson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Edmonson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Edmonson family history?

The roots of the name Edmonson are in the Boernician clans of ancient Scotland. It is derived from the personal name Edmond. Edmonson 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 Edmonson family settled in Scotland, just following the Norman Conquest of England, in 1066.


Scribes in the Middle Ages simply spelled according to sound. The result is an enormous number of spelling variations among names that evolved in that era. Edmonson has been spelled Edmondson, Edmonson, Edminson, Edminston, Edmiston, Edmeston, Edmondon and many more.

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]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edmonson 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 Edmonson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Edmonson 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.


Most of the Boernician-Scottish families who came to North America settled on the eastern seaboard of what would become the United States and Canada. Families who wanted a new order stayed south in the War of Independence, while those who were still loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, the ancestors of these families have gone on to rediscover their heritage through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Edmonson or a variant listed above:

Edmonson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Francis Edmonson arrived in Philadelphia in 1796

Edmonson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas G Edmonson, aged 22, landed in Maryland in 1812
  • C J Edmonson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • George Edmonson arrived in Philadelphia in 1856
  • R. Edmonson, aged 53, who landed in America, in 1892

Edmonson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Samuel Farish Edmonson, aged 32, who settled in America from St. Anne's on Lea, in 1903
  • Ethel Maud Edmonson, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1913
  • Anna Edmonson, aged 33, who landed in America from London, England, in 1913
  • Douglas Wm. Edmonson, aged 3, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1913
  • Edward Edmonson, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1919

Edmonson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • M. Edmonson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1839


  • Munro Sterling Edmonson (1924-2002), American ling Uist and anthropologist
  • Greg Edmonson, award-winning American music composer for television and movies
  • Travis Edmonson (1932-2009), American folk singer
  • Eddie Edmonson (1889-1971), American Major League Baseball player
  • Keith Andre Edmonson (b. 1960), American former professional NBA basketball player
  • Mark Edmonson (b. 1979), English former rugby league footballer who played from 1999 to 2007


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. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  5. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  8. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  9. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  10. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
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The Edmonson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Edmonson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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