Megson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Megson surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name is derived from the name Megg, which is a pet form of the female personal name Margaret. The name Megson is a metronymic surname, which is derived from the name of the mother, and features the common patronymic suffix -son, which was most popular in the north of England and superseded other patronymic suffixes during the 14th century.

Early Origins of the Megson family

The surname Megson was first found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat. Commonly used surname in ancient times, Meg-son was literally the son of Meg or Margeret. The name proliferated in Oxfordshire where John Megge was recorded in 1273. However, the popularity of the name diminished and by the year 1500 had become somewhat obscure. Modifications such as Meggison emerged and included others as Meggotson, and so on but the main stem of the family name moved north to Northumberland. It was here at Whalton that a " barony was conferred by the Conqueror upon Walter Fitz-William, to be held by the service of three knights' fees. It was afterwards possessed by the Fitz-Rogers, Fitz-Roberts, and others 3 in the reign of James I. was held by the crown 3 and was subsequently granted to the Meggison family. " [1]

Early History of the Megson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Megson research. Another 49 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 137 and 1379 are included under the topic Early Megson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Megson Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Megson are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Megson include: Megson, Meggson, Meggison, Meggeson, Megginson, Meiggs, Meggenson, Meggy and many more.

Early Notables of the Megson family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Megson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Australia Megson migration to Australia +

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

Megson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Megson, aged 40, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"
  • Sarah Megson, aged 14, a factory hand, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"

Contemporary Notables of the name Megson (post 1700) +

  • Neil Andrew "Genesis P-Orridge" Megson (b. 1950), English performer, musician, writer and artist
  • Gary Megson (b. 1959), former English footballer and manager
  • Donald Harry Megson (b. 1936), English footballer and football manager

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. John Megson, British Greaser from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [2]

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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