The surname Payson was first found in Yorkshire. The township of Shawdon in Northumberland was home to an early branch of the family. "The township is intersected by the road from Morpeth to Wooler, and comprises about 1200 acres of land, mostly arable, the property of William Pawson, Esq., whose mansion here is surrounded with excellent wood." 
Early History of the Payson family
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William Farquhar Payson (1876-1939), American author
Harold "Dynamite" Payson (1928-2011), American boat builder and designer
Reverend Samuel Phillips Payson (1736-1801), American Harvard graduate who ministered for the town of Chelsea, Massachusetts from 1757
Charles Payson (d. 1913), American diplomat, Third Assistant Secretary of State (1878-1881), United States Ambassador to Denmark (1881-1882)
Blanche Payson (1881-1964), born Mary Elizabeth Bush, an American film actress who appeared in many The Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy movies because of her height: 6 foot 2 inches
Joan Whitney Payson (1903-1975), born Joan Whitney, American heiress, businesswoman, philanthropist and patron of the arts
Lewis Edwin Payson (1840-1909), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1881-91 
George P. Payson, American politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933; Law Preservation Candidate for New York State Assembly from Westchester County 2nd District, 1934 
Franklin C. Payson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1900 
Charles H. S. Payson Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Macon County, 1938 
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Favente Deo Motto Translation: I will defend my God.
^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
^ 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)