From the proud Boernician
clans of the Scottish-English border region comes the name Edmonstone. It is derived from the personal name
Edmond. Edmonstone 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 Edmonstone family settled in Scotland
, just following the Norman Conquest
, in 1066.
Early Origins of the Edmonstone family
The surname Edmonstone 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.
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)
Early History of the Edmonstone family
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Edmonstone Spelling Variations
Spelling rules only evolved in the last few centuries with the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries. Spelling variations
are extremely common in names from before that period. Edmonstone has been spelled Edmondson, Edmonson, Edminson, Edminston, Edmiston, Edmeston, Edmondon and many more.
Early Notables of the Edmonstone family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Edmonstone family to Ireland
Some of the Edmonstone family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 91 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Edmonstone family to the New World and Oceana
After making their great crossing, many Boernician-Scottish families settled along the east coast of North America. When the War of Independence
broke out, United Empire Loyalists moved north to Canada while the rest stayed to fight. The ancestors of many of these Scots still populate the continent. This century, through Clan
societies and other Scottish organizations, they began to rediscover their collective national heritage. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Edmonstone or a variant listed above: Francis Edmonson arrived in Philadelphia in 1796; followed by George Edmonson in 1856; Robert Edmonton arrived in Philadelphia in 1853.
Contemporary Notables of the name Edmonstone (post 1700)
- Admiral Sir William Edmonstone CB, DL (1810-1888), 4th Baronet, Scottish naval commander, courtier and politician
- Sir Archibald Edmonstone (b. 1934), 7th Baronet, Scottish baronet
- Sir Archibald Edmonstone (1867-1954), 5th Baronet, Scottish baronet
- Sir Archibald Edmonstone (1795-1871), 3rd Baronet, Scottish traveler and writer
- Sir Archibald Edmonstone (1717-1807), 1st Baronet, Scottish MP
- Sir Charles Edmonstone (1764-1821), 2nd Baronet, Scottish politician
- Sir Archibald Charles Edmonstone (1894-1954), 6th Baronet
- Neil Benjamin Edmonstone (1765-1841), British member of the supreme council in India, director of the East India Company, father of Sir George Edmonstone
- Sir George Frederick Edmonstone (1813-1864), Calcutta-born, British administrator in India, Lieutenant Governor of the North-Western Provinces (1859–1863)
- Susan Edmonstone Ferrier (1782-1854), Scottish novelist
The Edmonstone 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.