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Early Origins of the Elerson family

The surname Elerson was first found in Durham where the "surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Ellis'; Old English Elis or Elys (Elias). Ellison may originate from the English form-thus Elis, Elis-son; or from the Old French form, thus Elie, Elie-son. This name was wonderfully popularized throughout Western Europe by the Crusaders." [1]

In the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the shortened root form of the name was predominantly found: Elis Kneyt, Buckinghamshire; Henry filius Elis, Cumberland; Agnes uxor Elys, Cambridgeshire; Simon filius Elys, Bedfordshire; Nicholas filius Elye, Cambridgeshire; and Roger filius Elye, Salop. [1]

While over one hundred years later, the extended form of the name was more typical in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379: Robert Elleson; Adam Elisson; Stephanus Elisson, smyth; Alicia Elys, wyf; Elys Burton; Johannes Elynson; and Johannes Elynson. [1]

Further to the north in Scotland, Rogier Elyssone of Berwickshire was the first recorded. He rendered homage to King Edward I of England in 1296. Later, William Elysson, Scots prisoner of war was released from Newgate prison in 1375 and John Elison had safe conduct into England in 1424. [2]

Early History of the Elerson family

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Elerson Spelling Variations

Although the name, Elerson, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Ellison, Ellerson, Elleson, Elyson, Elison and many more.

Early Notables of the Elerson family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Robert Ellison (1614-1678), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1647 and...
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Ireland Migration of the Elerson family to Ireland

Some of the Elerson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Elerson family

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Elerson family name Elerson, or who bore a variation of the surname were John and Ellin Ellison, who arrived in Virginia in 1623; George Ellison who settled in Virginia in 1624; James Ellison, who arrived in Boston in 1644.

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. 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) on Facebook