Millson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Millson is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The name Millson came from the popular Norman given name Miles.

Early Origins of the Millson family

The surname Millson was first found in Shropshire, at Milson, a parish, in the union of Cleobury-Mortimer, part of the Overs Hunderd which dates back to the Domesday Book where is was listed as Mulstone. At that time, there was a manor, and land for 6 ploughs. It was held by Osbern fitzRichard at that time. [1] The village had 160 inhabitants in 1848 and the local church was dedicated to St. George. The name was probably derived from the Old English personal name + "tun" [2] and literally means "farmstead of a man called Myndel or Miles. Today there is also a Milson Island in New South Wales, Australia and has been established for over 100 years. Milsons Point near Sydney, Australia was named after James Milson (1785-1872), from Lincolnshire one of the earliest settlers. In New Zealand, Milson is a suburb of Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui.

Early History of the Millson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Millson research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1309 and 1329 are included under the topic Early Millson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Millson Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Millson are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Millson include Milson, Millson, Milison, Millison, Millyson, Milyson, Myllison, Mylison, Myleson, Mylleson, Mylson, Milsom, Mylsom, Milsolm, Millsolm, Melsam, Melsan, Melson, Melsom, Milsson, Melsome and many more.

Early Notables of the Millson family (pre 1700)

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


United States Millson migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Millson, or a variant listed above:

Millson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Millson, who landed in New York in 1795 [3]
Millson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Bertie A. Millson, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Saxonia" from London, England [4]
  • Albert Millson, originally from Liverpool, England, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Liverpool, England [5]
  • H Millson, aged 19, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Somerset" from Lyttleton NZ via Colon, Panama [6]
  • William Millson, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Glasgow, Scotland [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Millson (post 1700) +

  • John Singleton Millson (1808-1874), American politician, U.S. Representative from Virginia (1853-1861) and (1849-1853), Chairman of the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions (1851-1853)
  • Joseph Millson (b. 1974), English actor and singer
  • Tony Millson, British diplomat, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Republic of Macedonia (1993-1997)
  • John Millson, Canadian politician and businessman, Mayor of Windsor, Ontario from 1988 to 1991


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QQ-SMD : 6 December 2014), Bertie A. Millson, 21 Dec 1919; citing departure port London, arrival port New York, ship name Saxonia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q8-2TR : 6 December 2014), Albert Millson, 25 Jan 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Z7-661 : 6 December 2014), H Millson, 25 Sep 1920; citing departure port Lyttleton NZ via Colon, Panama, arrival port New York, ship name Somerset, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6ZF-RZC : 6 December 2014), William Millson, 08 Mar 1920; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Columbia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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