Milsom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought the Milsom family name to the British Isles. Milsom comes from the popular Norman given name Miles.

Early Origins of the Milsom family

The surname Milsom 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 Milsom family

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

Milsom Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled 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 Milsom family (pre 1700)

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United States Milsom migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Milsom or a variant listed above:

Milsom Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Winifred Gertrude Milsom, aged 27, who immigrated to America from Wiltshire, England, in 1904
  • John Milsom, aged 44, who settled in America from Southampton, in 1906
  • George R Milsom, aged 23, who landed in America from Harrowgate, England, in 1913
  • Harold Milsom, aged 23, who landed in America from Southampton, in 1917
  • William Weston Milsom, aged 21, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1917
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Milsom migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Milsom Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Gertrude Milsom, aged 33, who settled in Halifax, Canada, in 1924

Australia Milsom migration to Australia +

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

Milsom Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Milsom (post 1700) +

  • Stroud Francis Charles "S.F.C." Milsom QC FBA FRHistS (1923-2016), English legal historian from Merton, Surrey, President of the Selden Society from 1985 to 1988
  • Edward Milsom, English professional rugby league footballer who played for Wakefield Trinity (1895-1998)
  • Jack Milsom (1907-1977), English footballer who played for the Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City and Rochdale from 1926 through 1939
  • Robert Steven Milsom (b. 1987), English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Notts County
  • John Milsom (b. 1907), English footballer
  • Veronica Louise Milsom (b. 1984), Australian radio presenter, comedian and actress
  • Nigel Milsom (b. 1975), Australian painter from Albury, New South Wales

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Ada  Milsom (1879-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]

  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from
  4. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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