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Today's generation of the Samson family bears a name that was brought to England by the wave of emigration that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Norman personal name Samson.

Samson Early Origins



The surname Samson was 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. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
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." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

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Samson Spelling Variations


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Samson Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Sampson, Samson and others.

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Samson Early History


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Samson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Samson 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 Samson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Samson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Samson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Samson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Samson In Ireland


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Samson In Ireland



Some of the Samson 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Samson or a variant listed above:

Samson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Samson who settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
  • Henery Samson, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
  • Henry Samson, who landed in Massachusetts in 1620
  • Abraham Samson, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1629-1630
  • Richard Samson, aged 28, landed in New England in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Samson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Daniell Samson, who arrived in New York in 1715
  • Guy Samson, who arrived in Louisiana in 1718-1724
  • Pierre Samson, aged 35, arrived in Louisiana in 1720
  • John Samson arrived in Philadelphia in 1798
  • Archibald Samson, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

Samson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charlemagne Samson settled in New Orleans La. in 1823
  • Joseph Samson, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1842
  • Margaret Samson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1845
  • Samuel Samson, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1848
  • Samuel Samson landed in New York State in 1849 with his wife and four children
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Samson Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Louis Samson arrived in Quebec from Normandy in 1664
  • Jacques and Gabriel Samson arrived in Quebec from Normandy in 1666

Samson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Agnes Samson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1848
  • Jane Samson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1848
  • Margaret Samson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1848
  • Peter Samson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1848
  • Robert Samson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1848

Samson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Samson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" in 1849

Samson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Samson arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashburton" in 1857
  • Ann Samson arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashburton" in 1857
  • James Samson, aged 33, a miner, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • Marion Samson, aged 35, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • David Samson, aged 12, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Samson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Samson (post 1700)



  • David Samson (b. 1939), American politician, New Jersey Attorney General (2002 to 2003)
  • Peter R. Samson (b. 1941), American computer scientist
  • Robert H. Samson (b. 1876), American Democrat politician, Barber; Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Glastonbury, 1919-20
  • Ray Samson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 2008
  • John S. Samson, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1944, 1952, 1960
  • J. L. Samson, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Dallas, Texas, 1848-49
  • George E. Samson, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Glastonbury, 1896
  • Bruce Samson, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Montana State Senate 35th District, 2010
  • Ambrose Arthur Samson (1897-1922), English professional footballer
  • Lionel Samson (1799-1878), English-born, Australian early Swan River Colony settler and businessman, founder of Lionel Samson & Son, is the oldest continuing family business in Australia
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Samson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Samson 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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