Gerson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

History reveals the roots of the Gerson family name in the ancient Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is derived from Grier, a pet form of the given name Gregory, which means watchful.

Early Origins of the Gerson family

The surname Gerson was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Important Dates for the Gerson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gerson research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1411, 1547, 1590, 1564, 1657, 1733, 1677, 1760, 1709 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Gerson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gerson Spelling Variations

Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Gerson has been spelled Grierson, Greson, Greyson, Grayson, Greirson and others.

Early Notables of the Gerson family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was John Grierson or Grisson (died 1564?), a Scottish Dominican who is believed to have been from the family of Grierson of Lag in Dumfriesshire; Sir Robert...
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gerson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Gerson family to Ireland

Some of the Gerson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gerson migration to the United States

The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:

Gerson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nathan Gerson, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1800 [1]
  • Jacob Gerson, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [1]
  • Joseph Gerson, who arrived in Indiana in 1886 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gerson (post 1700)

  • Daniel Gerson (d. 2016), American BAFTA award winning, three-time Annie Award nominated writer, known for his work on Monsters University (2013), Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Big Hero 6 (2014)
  • Simon W. Gerson, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1936, 1952 [2]
  • Henry Gerson, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 22nd District, 1934 [2]
  • Helen Gerson, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 22nd District, 1932; Candidate for New York State Assembly from Bronx County 2nd District, 1933 [2]
  • Eloise Gerson (b. 1957), American Republican politician, Real estate business; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 2004 [2]
  • Julius Gerson Getman (b. 1931), American professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law
  • Elias Gerson Reiger (1892-1931), American Republican politician, Social worker; Candidate for New York State Senate 12th District, 1922 [3]
  • Gerson Daniel Rodas Leiva (b. 1990), Honduran football midfielder
  • Gerson Elías Acevedo Rojas (b. 1988), Chilean footballer
  • Gerson Gusdorf, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 1932 [4]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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