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

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Iron family, who lived in Norfolk. Their name, however, derives from their place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Airaines, in Somme, France.

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Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Iron were recorded, including Irons, Kenirons, Hirons, Iron and others.

First found in Norfolk 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Iron research. Another 194 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1548 is included under the topic Early Iron History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Iron family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 93 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Iron arrived in North America very early:

Iron Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Symon Iron, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Jno Iron, who arrived in Virginia in 1663

Iron Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Iron, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Arron Iron settled in New England in 1758

Iron Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Iron arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837

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  • Air Commodore Douglas Iron,
  • Captain John Iron,


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

This page was last modified on 27 October 2010 at 13:42.

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