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The Norman Conquest of England of 1066 added many new elements to the already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Sampson name is derived from the Norman personal name Samson.
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Sampson, Samson and others.
First found in Gloucestershire, but the was quickly scattered throughout Britain as they claim descendancy from "De St. Sampson, from the lordship near Caen, Normandy. Ralph de St. Sansom accompanied the Conqueror, and [by] 1086 held estates in several counties. William Sampson, his descendant, was summoned to Parliament as a Baron 1297-1304. "  Another reference notes "Samson, the name of a Welsh bishop (fl. 550) who crossed over to Brittany and founded the abbey of Dol where he was buried and venerated as a saint. Whether his name is the Biblical Samsom or one of Celtic origin is uncertain. The name was popular in Yorkshire and eastern counties." 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sampson research. Another 277 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1112, 1627, 1600, 1667, 1590, 1636, 1629 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Sampson History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sampson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Sampson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Sampson or a variant listed above were:
Sampson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Henry Sampson (Samson) arrived on the "Mayflower" in 1620
- Harry Sampson, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
- Abraham Sampson, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1629-1630
- Ro Sampson, who arrived in New England in 1630
- Richard Sampson settled in Boston in 1635
Sampson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Christopher Sampson, who landed in Virginia in 1717
- James Sampson, who landed in America in 1760-1763
- Peter Sampson, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
- Dewald Sampson, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
Sampson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Grace Sampson, aged 40, landed in New York in 1810
- John Curran Sampson, aged 16, landed in New York in 1810
- Catharine Anne Sampson, aged 14, landed in New York in 1810
- Daved Sampson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
- John Sampson, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1815
Sampson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Benedick Severin Sampson, who landed in Wisconsin in 1921
Sampson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Wm Sampson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Theophilus Sampson, who arrived in Quebec in 1784
- Aaron Sampson, who arrived in Quebec in 1784
Sampson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Janet Sampson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1848
Sampson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Sampson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Eliza Sampson arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Brightman" in 1840
- Lionel Sampson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Madras" in 1843
- John Sampson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849
- Harriett Sampson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849
Sampson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Gerard de Thierry Sampson, aged 33, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
- Ellen Sampson, aged 27, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
- John Sampson, aged 39, a foreman, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
- Laura Sampson, aged 35, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
- Laura Sampson, aged 9, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
- Alden Sampson, American founder of the Alden Sampson Manufacturing Company in 1904 which produced the Sampson automobile
- Ezekiel Silas Sampson (1831-1892), American lawyer, prosecutor, judge, and two-term Republican Congressman (1875-1879)
- Edgar Melvin Sampson (1907-1973), American composer, arranger, saxophonist, and violinist
- William Thomas Sampson (1840-1902), United States Navy rear admiral, best known for his victory in the Battle of Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American War, eponym of the Sampson class destroyers, the USS Sampson (DDG-10), (DLG-102) and the (DD-394)
- Christopher Keith "Chris" Sampson (b. 1978), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who played from 2006 to 2010
- Ralph Lee Sampson Jr. (b. 1960), retired American NBA basketball player, three-time College Player of the Year, NBA Rookie of the Year
- Hazel M. Sampson (1910-2014), American Klallam elder and language preservationist
- Kelvin Sampson (b. 1955), American basketball coach
- David S. Sampson (b. 1951), American composer
- Will Sampson (1933-1987), Native American Muscogee (Creek), American actor and artist perhaps best known for his role as the seemingly mute Indian in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
- Abraham Sampson in America by Elizabeth Newman Hutchinson.
- Descendants of John and Elizabeth Sansom by Van Edwin Turner.
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: Pejus letho flagitium
Motto Translation: Disgrace is worse than Death.
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The Sampson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sampson 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.
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