The earliest forms of hereditary surnames
were the patronymic
surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Scottish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The surname Ionson 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.
Early Origins of the Ionson family
The surname Ionson was 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.
Early History of the Ionson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ionson research.Another 326 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1665, 1617, 1684, 1648 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Ionson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ionson Spelling Variations
The frequent translations of surnames from and into Gaelic, accounts for the multitude of spelling variations
found in Scottish surnames. 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 Ionson has also been spelled Ianson, I'Anson, Janson and others.
Early Notables of the Ionson family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was John Ianson of Corfe Castle; and the I'Anson Baronetcy of Bassetbury which included: Sir Bryan I'Anson, 1st Baronet
(c.1590-1665), Gentleman... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ionson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ionson family to Ireland
Some of the Ionson family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 46 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ionson family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first North American settlers with Ionson name or one of its variants: George I'Anson, who came to America in 1696; and George Janson, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1848. John, Thomas and William Ianson were all on record in the 1871 Census of Ontario, Canada..