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Samson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , French


The name Samson is from that ancient region of France known as Normandy. This particular name is derived from the Hebrew given name Shemuel, meaning the name of God.


Early Origins of the Samson family


The surname Samson was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this distinguished family held a family seat at Saint-Clair-Sur-Elle in Manche in the arrondissement of St.Lô, where one Ricardi Samsonis, the Latin name for Richard Sampson is described in a charter to Philip the Bishop of Bayeux in 1142, and he is named as occupant of the castle of Saint-Clair.

Early History of the Samson family


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Samson Spelling Variations


French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Samson is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Samson, Samsons, Samsone, Samso, Samsun, Samsoen, Sampsoen, Sampson, Sampsonis and many more.

Early Notables of the Samson family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Samson family to the New World and Oceana


In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Samson. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Samson were

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 [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)
  • Henry Samson, who landed in Massachusetts in 1620 [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)
  • Abraham Samson, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1629-1630 [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)
  • Richard Samson, aged 28, who landed in New England 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.)

Samson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

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

Samson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charlemagne Samson, who settled in New Orleans La. in 1823
  • Joseph Samson, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1842 [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)
  • Margaret Samson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1845 [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)
  • Samuel Samson, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1848 [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)
  • Samuel Samson, who landed in New York State in 1849 with his wife and four children
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Samson Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Louis Samson, who arrived in Quebec from Normandy in 1664
  • Louis Samson, son of Nicolas and Françoise, married Marthe Ragau, daughter of Simon and Françoise, in Quebec on 26th February 1664 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Jacques and Gabriel Samson, who arrived in Quebec from Normandy in 1666
  • Gabriel Samson, son of Toussaint and Catherine, married Françoise Durand, daughter of Martin and Françoise, in Quebec on 29th November 1669 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Jacques Samson, son of Toussaint and Catherine, married Marie-Anne Metru, daughter of Claude and Jeanne, in Quebec on 26th November 1671 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Samson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Ignace Samson, son of Jacques and Anne, married Madeleine Hubert, daughter of François and Marie, in Quebec on 26th January 1711 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Etienne Samson, son of Jacuqes and Anne, married Angélique Guay, daughter of Ignace and Perrine, in Lévis, Quebec on 9th June 1718 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Antoine Samson, son of Antoine and Catherine-Angélique, married Marie-Louise Jeanne, daughter of Martin and Marie, in Quebec on 21st November 1734 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Etienne Samson, son of Jean-Baptiste and Charlotte, married Madeleine Charon, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Geneviève, in Beaumont, Quebec on 3rd February 1739 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • André-Joseph Samson, son of Joseph and Catherine, married Marthe Adam, daughter of Ignace and Suzanne, in Beaumont, Quebec on 27th January 1755 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
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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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" in 1849 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIR EDWARD PARRY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirEdwardParry.htm

Samson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Samson, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashburton" in 1857
  • Ann Samson, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashburton" in 1857
  • James Samson, aged 33, a miner, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • Marion Samson, aged 35, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • David Samson, aged 12, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
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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 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Ray Samson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 2008 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John S. Samson, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1944, 1952, 1960 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • J. L. Samson, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Dallas, Texas, 1848-49 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • George E. Samson, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Glastonbury, 1896 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Bruce Samson, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Montana State Senate 35th District, 2010 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Stéphane Samson (b. 1975), French football striker
  • Joseph Isidore Samson (1793-1871), French actor and playwright
  • ... (Another 18 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. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIR EDWARD PARRY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirEdwardParry.htm
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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