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The ancestors of the Esson family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The name Esson 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 Esson and its variants.

Esson Early Origins



The surname Esson 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.

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Esson Spelling Variations


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Esson Spelling Variations



The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Esson has been spelled Eason, Easson, Esson, Asson, Assone, Aysoune, Aison and many more.

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Esson Early History


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Esson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Esson research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1360, 1392, 1504, and 1681 are included under the topic Early Esson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Esson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Esson Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Esson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Esson In Ireland


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Esson In Ireland



Some of the Esson 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Esson:

Esson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wm. Esson, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1894

Esson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Simon Esson, aged 28, who landed in America from London, in 1904
  • Walther L. Esson, aged 11, who settled in America from Pores, Jamaica, in 1909
  • Robert Alexa. Esson, aged 10, who settled in America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1910
  • Esther Muriel Esson, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1910
  • George Esson, aged 26, who landed in America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Esson Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Agnes Esson, aged 56, who emigrated to Halifax, Canada, in 1910
  • Robert F. Esson, aged 41, who arrived in Toronto, Canada, in 1914
  • John Esson, aged 64, who settled in Petrolio, Canada, in 1915
  • Isabella Esson, aged 28, who emigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1917

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Contemporary Notables of the name Esson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Esson (post 1700)



  • George Esson CBE, QPM, LLB (b. 1942), Scottish Chief Constable of Grampian Police and Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary (1989-1994)
  • Ryan Esson (b. 1980), Scottish professional football goalkeeper
  • William Esson (1838-1916), Scottish mathematician, Savilian Professor of Geometry at the University of Oxford
  • John Esson (1804-1863), Scottish-born, Canadian merchant and politician in Nova Scotia

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    3. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    5. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    8. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Esson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Esson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 7 December 2017 at 15:27.

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