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The Reason surname comes from the Middle English, Old French word "raison," meaning "the power of reason;" as such it was most likely originally a nickname for an intelligent person.

Reason Early Origins



The surname Reason was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat at Market, Middle and West Rasen which were held by Bishop Odo of Bayeux. The under tenant holding from the Bishop was Alfred of Lincoln, a Norman noble and, conjecturally, the Reason family are descended from him. 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 year 1202 when Robert de Rasene held estates in Lincolnshire.

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Reason Spelling Variations


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Reason Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Reason family name include Reason, Rasen, Rason, Rayson, Reson, Reasons, Resons, Reeson, Resen, Resun, Raysun, Rasne and many more.

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Reason Early History


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Reason Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reason research. Another 226 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Reason History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reason Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reason Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Reason family to immigrate North America:

Reason Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ralph Reason, who came to St. Christopher in 1635
  • James Reason, who arrived in Bermuda 1635
  • Henry Reason, who came to Virginia in 1635
  • Barbarie Reason, who arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Barbarie Reason, aged 20, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reason Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Diana Reason, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Diana Reason, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Amey Reason, who arrived in Virginia in 1741

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reason (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reason (post 1700)



  • Rhodes Reason (1930-2014), American actor who appeared in over 230 roles in television, movies, and stage works, brother of Rex Reason
  • Rex Reason (1928-2015), German-born, American actor, brother of Rhodes Reason
  • Patrick Henry Reason (1816-1898), born Patrice Rison, one of the earliest African-American engravers and lithographer in the United States
  • Joseph Paul Reason (b. 1941), American Commander in Chief, United States Atlantic Fleet from 1996 to 1999, the first African-American four star Admiral
  • Joseph Henry Reason (1905-1997), American librarian, Director of the Howard University, father of Joseph Paul Reason
  • Norman Reason, American politician, Supervisor of Putnam Township, Michigan, 1938
  • M. J. Reason, American politician, Village President of Pinckney, Michigan, 1916
  • James W. Reason, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1932
  • Charles L. Reason, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1884
  • Charles Lewis Reason (1818-1893), American mathematician, ling Uist, and educator
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Reason Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reason Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 30 May 2016 at 17:35.

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