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Where did the Scottish Ianson family come from? What is the Scottish Ianson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ianson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ianson family history?

One of the most common classes of Scottish surnames is the patronymic surname, which arose out of the vernacular and religious naming traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Patronymic surnames of this type were usually derived from the personal name of the original bearer's father. The surname Ianson is derived from the ancient Scottish given name Ian which itself comes from the Hebrew given name Yocjanan, which means Jehovah has favored me with a son.


Scottish surnames are distinguished by a multitude of spelling variations because, over the centuries, the names were frequently translated into and from Gaelic. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan affiliation or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name Ianson has also been spelled Ianson, I'Anson, Janson and others.

First found in Westmorland, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ianson research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ianson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Ianson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Ianson, or a variant listed above:

Ianson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George I'Anson, who came to America in 1696

Ianson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John, Thomas and William Ianson were all on record in the 1871 Census of Ontario, Canada

Ianson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Leonard I'Anson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "City Of Adelaide" in 1839
  • Maria I'Anson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "City Of Adelaide" in 1839


  • S J I'Anson, lecturer at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
  • Lisa I’Anson, English radio personality


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The Ianson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ianson 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.

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