In ancient Scotland
, the ancestors of the Essam family were part of a tribe called the Picts
. The name Essam is derived from Aythe where Aythe filius
Thome received a charter of the lands of Fornochtis in Strathearn from Robert the Steward (later known as Robert II) around 1360. The next of the line was called Johem ayson iuuene.
It can be seen how the surname Ayson
is a derivative from "Aythe's son." The spelling and pronunciation changed over time, until it reached the modern form of Essam and its variants.
Early Origins of the Essam family
The surname Essam was first found in Angus
(Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland
, and present day Council Area of Angus
, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire
, where it was of the most ancient surnames in the region. They were connected with the Toschachs of Glentilt.
Early History of the Essam family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Essam research.Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1360, 1392, 1504, and 1681 are included under the topic Early Essam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Essam Spelling Variations
The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations
of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Essam has been spelled Eason, Easson, Esson, Asson, Assone, Aysoune, Aison and many more.
Early Notables of the Essam family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Essam family to Ireland
Some of the Essam family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 43 words (3 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 Essam family to the New World and Oceana
This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Essam: Edward Eason who settled in Virginia in 1610, ten years before the "Mayflower"; William Eason settled in Maine in 1763; followed by John in 1770.
Historic Events for the Essam family
- Raymond Edward Essam (d. 1945), British Ordnance Artificer 4th Class aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html