Gesson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Gesson came from the baptismal name for the son of Judd, which was a pet form for the Old English personal name Jordan.
Early Origins of the Gesson family
The surname Gesson was first found in Yorkshire where the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included Willelraus Gesson as holding lands there at that time. 
"Jesson was the name of a minister of Prestwold in the reign of Elizabeth. Two centuries ago Sir William Jesson resided at Burleigh Park, Loughborough." 
Early History of the Gesson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gesson research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1628, 1661, 1790, 1580, 1651, 1640, 1640, 1648, 1603, 1663 and are included under the topic Early Gesson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gesson Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Gesson has been recorded under many different variations, including Jesson, Jessen, Gesson and others.
Early Notables of the Gesson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gesson family to Ireland
Some of the Gesson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Gesson family
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Gesson or a variant listed above: Richard Jessen, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1852; Henry Jesson to Philadelphia in 1865 and George Jesson, also to Philadelphia in 1866.
- Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.