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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.


Early Origins of the Reason family


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.

Early History of the Reason family


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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.

Early Notables of the Reason family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Reason family to the New World and Oceana


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 settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • James Reason, who arrived in Bermuda 1635
  • Henry Reason, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Barbarie Reason, who arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Barbarie Reason, aged 20, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Amey Reason, who arrived in Virginia in 1741

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
  • Charles Lewis Reason (1818-1893), American mathematician, linguist, and educator
  • Colonel Clifton Reason, American officer DSO and OBE
  • Norman Reason, American politician, Supervisor of Putnam Township, Michigan, 1938 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • M. J. Reason, American politician, Village President of Pinckney, Michigan, 1916 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • James W. Reason, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1932 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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