Magson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Magson family

The surname Magson was first found in Surrey where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when the family held estates in that county.

Important Dates for the Magson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Magson research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1455, 1487, and 1526 are included under the topic Early Magson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Magson Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Magson has been recorded under many different variations, including Machet, Machett, Madgett, Madget, Machitt, Machtit, Matchet and many more.

Early Notables of the Magson family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Magson family to Ireland

Some of the Magson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 103 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Magson migration to the United States

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Magson or a variant listed above:

Magson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jon Magson, who landed in Virginia in 1643 [1]
  • Margaret Magson, who arrived in Maryland in 1669 [1]
Magson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Saul Jos Magson, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1825 [1]

Magson 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:

Magson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Magson, (b. 1844), aged 21, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastern Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 4th January 1865 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Magson (post 1700)

  • Egbert H. Magson, British Headmaster at Truro School, Truro, Cornwall (1921-1946)
  • Eric Magson, British manager of York City F.C. in the late 1960s
  • Terry Magson, London-born, British singer/songwriter in the Isle of Wight, known for his Puzzle Muteson
  • David William Magson MBE (b. 1945), Australian mathematician and businessman, member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ 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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