Show ContentsLongson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Longson surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a person who because of their physical characteristics was referred to as the tall man.

Early Origins of the Longson family

The surname Longson was first found in Buckinghamshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Longson family

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Longson Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Longson has been spelled many different ways, including Langman, Langeman, Langaman, Langmann, Langemann, Langmon, Langemon, Langmen and many more.

Early Notables of the Longson family

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Australia Longson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Longson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Longson, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia 1

New Zealand Longson 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:

Longson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Longson, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1858 2

  1. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from
  2. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook