Show ContentsHenryson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Henryson is a patronymic name denoting "son of Henry." While most of the family hail from Scotland, as a Border Clan some of the family claimed England and Wales as their homeland. "The border Clan of Henderson are found as Hendirsonne, Henresoun, Henryesson. and Hendersonne in documents of the 16th and 17th centuries." 1

Early Origins of the Henryson family

The surname Henryson was first found in Yorkshire where Thomas Hendeson was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. 1

Early History of the Henryson family

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Henryson Spelling Variations

Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Henryson include Henderson, Henreyson, Henryson, MacKendrick and many more.

Early Notables of the Henryson family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was James Henderson (1783?-1848), English writer on Brazil, born about 1783, was a native of Cumberland or Westmorland. On 11 March 1819 he sailed from England to Rio de Janeiro, where he waited upon Henry Chamberlaine, the British representative, with a letter of introduction from ‘a nobleman,’ presumably Viscount Lowther. Finding that he was not likely to obtain a public situation, he determined to learn what he could ‘regarding the vast regions of the Brazil.’ He was received into the house of a merchant to whom he brought a letter of introduction, and upon...
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Migration of the Henryson family

An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Henryson arrived in North America very early: Francis and William Henderson settled in Barbados in 1680; David Henderson settled in Maryland in 1774; Don Henderson settled in Boston in 1766; John Henderson settled in New Jersey in 1685.

The Henryson 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: Sola virtus nobilitat
Motto Translation: Virtue alone ennobles.

  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) on Facebook