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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.

Gerson Early Origins



The surname Gerson was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn 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.

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Gerson Spelling Variations


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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.

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Gerson Early History


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Gerson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gerson research. Another 223 words (16 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.

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Gerson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gerson Early Notables (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.

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Gerson In Ireland


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Gerson In Ireland



Some of the Gerson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words (2 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 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
  • Jacob Gerson, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Joseph Gerson, who arrived in Indiana in 1886

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gerson (post 1700)


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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, In c. (2001) and Big Hero 6 (2014)
  • Simon W. Gerson, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1936, 1952
  • Henry Gerson, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 22nd District, 1934
  • 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
  • Eloise Gerson (b. 1957), American Republican politician, Real estate business; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 2004

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Hoc securior
Motto Translation: Safer by this.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. 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).
    6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    11. ...

    The Gerson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gerson 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 9 February 2016 at 08:06.

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