Show ContentsEdmundson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The clans of the Scottish/English Borderlands spawned many enduring Scottish names. Edmundson comes from this Boernician area, and the name is derived from the personal name Edmond. Edmundson 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 Edmundson family settled in Scotland, just following the Norman Conquest of England, in 1066.

Early Origins of the Edmundson family

The surname Edmundson 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 Edmundson family

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Edmundson Spelling Variations

Since medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, and since there were no consistent rules for the translation of rules from Gaelic to English, spelling variations are extremely common in Boernician names of this vintage. Edmundson has been spelled Edmondson, Edmonson, Edminson, Edminston, Edmiston, Edmeston, Edmondon and many more.

Early Notables of the Edmundson 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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Edmundson Ranking

In the United States, the name Edmundson is the 8,942nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Edmundson family to Ireland

Some of the Edmundson 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.

United States Edmundson migration to the United States +

Many of the Boernician-Scottish families who crossed the Atlantic settled along the eastern seaboard in communities that would become the backbone of the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. In the War of Independence, American families that remained loyal to the Crown moved north into Canada and became known as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestral culture of all of these proud Scottish families remains alive in North America in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Edmundson or a variant listed above:

Edmundson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Edmundson, who landed in Virginia in 1716 [3]

Canada Edmundson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Edmundson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Edmundson, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
Edmundson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas J Edmundson, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Edmundson migration to Australia +

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

Edmundson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Edmundson (post 1700) +

  • Garth C. Edmundson (1892-1971), American organist, composer, music director, and music teacher
  • Robert E. "Bob" Edmundson (1879-1931), American Major League Baseball outfielder for the Washington Senators (1906-1908)
  • Henry Alonzo Edmundson (1814-1890), American politician and lawyer, Democrat to the United States House of Representatives (1848-1856)
  • Clarence Sinclair "Hec" Edmundson (1886-1964), American college basketball head coach
  • James K. Edmundson, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1960 [5]
  • Henry Alonzo Edmundson (1814-1890), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Representative from Virginia 12th District, 1849-61 [5]
  • G. C. Edmundson, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1916 [5]
  • Dee Dee Edmundson, American Democratic Party politician, Member, Credentials Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008 [5]
  • Andrew Edmundson, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1912 [5]
  • Mr. Edward Edmundson, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1554 to 1555
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Henry Edmundson, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking [6]

The Edmundson 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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  3. 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)
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  6. HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook