Georgeson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Georgeson was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from the given name of the father and was typically denoted as "the son of George." The personal name George was originally derived from the Greek word which means someone who was a farmer or someone who worked the land. 
Another source claims a Norman influence as the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists Richard and William de St. Georgio in Normandy as well as Robert, William, Ralph de St. Georgio were listed there 1180-1195. 
Early Origins of the Georgeson family
The surname Georgeson was first found in Dorset where it is noted as a somewhat rare name in mediaeval records. The popularity of the name increased during the Crusades which brought more contact with the Orthodox Church. St. George, who slew his famous dragon in 303 A.D., may have inspired the use of this name. In 1348, Edward III founded the Order of the Garter under the patronage of St. George and by 1415, a yearly festival was set in place that continues today. Today, St. George is considered the patron saint of England.
However, by the time of the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the name was scattered throughout ancient England and Wales. Those rolls listed: Robert Gorge in Oxfordshire; William Gorge in Cambridgeshire; and Jeorgius Clericus in Lincolnshire. 
Guppy notes the "name at present most numerous in Monmouthshire, and after that in South Wales. Bare in the south coast counties, excepting Cornwall, and in the north of England, north of the Wash and the Dee." 
Further to the north in Scotland, the name appeared later as "it was a not uncommon surname in Prestwick in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Archibald George appears as burgess and councillor of Irvine, 1597." 
Important Dates for the Georgeson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Georgeson research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1412, 1471, 1511, 1700, 1594, 1677, 1626, 1678, 1690, 1647, 1640, 1644, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Georgeson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Georgeson Spelling Variations
Georgeson has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Georgeson have been found, including George, Georgeson and others.
Early Notables of the Georgeson family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas Gorges of Langford Wiltshire; John George (1594-1677), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1626 and 1678; John George (d. 1690), English officer of the Royal Navy, Secretary of the...
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Migration of the Georgeson family to Ireland
Some of the Georgeson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 71 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Georgeson migration to New Zealand
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Georgeson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- James Georgeson, aged 45, a tailor, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hurunui" in 1877
- Elizabeth Georgeson, aged 45, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hurunui" in 1877
- John Georgeson, aged 18, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hurunui" in 1877
- George Georgeson, aged 16, a tailor, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hurunui" in 1877
- Charles Georgeson, aged 12, a tailor, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hurunui" in 1877
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Contemporary Notables of the name Georgeson (post 1700)
- James N. Georgeson, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Oneonta, New York; Elected 1959 
- F. W. Georgeson, American Republican politician, Mayor of Eureka, California, 1913; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1924 
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