The Reasons 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 Reasons family
The surname Reasons 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 Reasons family
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Reasons Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Reasons have been found, including Reason, Rasen, Rason, Rayson, Reson, Reasons, Resons, Reeson, Resen, Resun, Raysun, Rasne and many more.
Early Notables of the Reasons family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Reasons family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Reasons were among those contributors:
Reasons Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Matthew Reasons, who landed in Virginia in 1723 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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Reasons (post 1700)
- Gary Phillip Reasons (b. 1962), former American NFL football linebacker for the New York Giants, inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996