Show ContentsHansson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Hansson are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the baptismal name for the "son of Henry," or "the son of Heyn." [1]

"There are few traces of the name in the Hundred Rolls of 1273. The large business done between the English and Low Countries in the 14th century, however, made the foreign forms familiar, especially in counties like Yorkshire." [1]

Early Origins of the Hansson family

The surname Hansson was first found in Yorkshire where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Adam Hanneson; Robertus Hanson; Willelmus Hanson; Johanna Hanson, wyf (wife); and Johannes Hanneson as all holding lands there at that time. [1]

The Subsidy Rolls of Yorkshire listed John Handson there in 1327 and later William Hondesone was listed in the Subsidy Roll for Staffordshire in 1332. John Hanson was found in the Subsidy Rolls of Cumberland (Cumbria) in 1332 and in Lancashire, Ralph Hanneson was found there in 1350. [2]

"The Hansons have for a long time resided in the parish of Halifax. A rector of Thornton two centuries ago bore this name. Richard Hanson, who was three times mayor of Hull in the reign of Henry VI., died heroically at the battle of Wakefield in 1460. Captain Hanson, who was taken prisoner in the same battle, was executed at Pontefract." [3]

Early History of the Hansson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hansson research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1603, 1604, 1611, 1630, 1641, 1658 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Hansson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hansson Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hansson has been spelled many different ways, including Hanson, Hansom and others.

Early Notables of the Hansson family

Notables of this surname at this time include: John Hanson (fl. 1604), English poet, who proceeded B.A. from Peterhouse, Cambridge, in 1603-1604." He was author of a very rare volume of verse, entitled 'Time is a Turn-coate, or England's Threefold Metamorphosis ; also a pageant speech or Idylion pronounced to the citie of London before the entrance of her long expected consort,' i.e. James I, London, printed for J. H., 1604." [4] Another John...
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United States Hansson migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hanssons to arrive in North America:

Hansson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anders Hansson, who landed in Delaware in 1641 [5]
  • Mats Hansson, who arrived in Delaware in 1641 [5]
Hansson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Eberhard Hansson, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [5]
Hansson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Per Hansson, aged 27, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1849 [5]
  • C Hansson, aged 19, who landed in New York in 1864 [5]
  • Sven Hansson, aged 29, who arrived in New York, NY in 1869 [5]
  • Hans Hansson, aged 25, who landed in New York, NY in 1869 [5]
  • Anton Hansson, aged 24, who arrived in New York, NY in 1893 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hansson (post 1700) +

  • E. O. Fredrik Hansson, American politician, Candidate for Massachusetts State Auditor, 1905 [6]
  • Åke Hansson (1927-2015), Swedish footballer

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. 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)
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from on Facebook