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Ian History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Ian family

The surname Ian was first found in Cambridgeshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Ian family

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Ian 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. Ian has been recorded under many different variations, including Ion, Ionn, Ione, Ionne, Iyon, Iyonne and others.

Early Notables of the Ian family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Ian family to the New World and Oceana

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 Ian or a variant listed above: John Ion, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1819. By the latter half of the 19th century the family had immigrated to Canada, where John Ion was registered in Ontario in 1865..

Contemporary Notables of the name Ian (post 1700)

  • Janis Ian (b. 1951), Grammy Award-winning American songwriter, singer, multi-instrumental musician, columnist, and science fiction author. Her song "Society's Child" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, which honors recordings considered timeless and important to music history

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