Ionson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Scotland 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 88 words (6 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.


New Zealand Ionson migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ionson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Hannah Ionson, (b. 1843), aged 23, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "John Temperley" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st June 1866 [1]


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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