Janson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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 Janson 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 Janson family
The surname Janson 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 Janson family
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Janson Spelling Variations
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 Janson has also been spelled Ianson, I'Anson, Janson and others.
Early Notables of the Janson 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...
In the United States, the name Janson is the 8,726th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name.  However, in France, the name Janson is ranked the 6,850th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. 
Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Janson, or a variant listed above:
Janson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Janson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Janson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Janson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Janson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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:
Janson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century