Elison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Elison family

The surname Elison 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 Elison family

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Elison Spelling Variations

The name, Elison, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Ellison, Ellerson, Elleson, Elyson, Elison and many more.

Early Notables of the Elison 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 Elison family to Ireland

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

The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Elison surname who came to North America were:

Elison Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Elison, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [3]
  • Gosper Elison, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [3]
Elison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bertha Elison, aged 15, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Frank Elison, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Theresia Elison, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Paul Elison, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1894
  • Lucien Elison, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1895
Elison Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Rubin Elison, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1905
  • Hilda Elison, aged 34, who immigrated to America, in 1914
  • John Elison, aged 50, who immigrated to the United States, in 1917
  • Edward Elison, aged 50, who immigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • Robert Elison, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1921
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  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)
  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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