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Where did the English Samuelson family come from? What is the English Samuelson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Samuelson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Samuelson family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Samuelson comes from the baptismal name for the son of Samuel. This ancient Hebrew font name meaning name of God was not common in the Middle Ages, but was not necessarily of Jewish origin. There were many records of the surname Samuelson of English descent.


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Samuelson has appeared include Samwell, Samuel, Samuell, Samway, Samuels and others.

First found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from early times. The family name first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Samuelson research. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1559, 1628, 1628, 1676, 1654, 1694, 1689, 1690, 1690, 1694 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Samuelson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 139 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Samuelson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Samuelson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Samuelson arrived in North America very early:

Samuelson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Samuelson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • C Samuelson, aged 22, landed in New York in 1864
  • J Samuelson, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1864
  • John Samuelson, aged 39, landed in New York, NY in 1869
  • Karin Samuelson, aged 10, arrived in New York, NY in 1869

Samuelson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Erik W Samuelson, who landed in Mississippi in 1902


  • Joan Benoit Samuelson (b. 1957), American marathon runner who won gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics, first American women's Olympic marathon champion
  • Robert Jacob Samuelson (b. 1945), American contributing editor for Newsweek and The Washington Post
  • Ralph Samuelson (1903-1977), American inventor of water skiing
  • Peter Samuelson (b. 1951), American filmmaker, philanthropist
  • Paul Samuelson (1915-2009), Nobel-Prize-winning American economist from Gary, Indiana
  • Pamela Samuelson, American, professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Martha Samuelson, American businesswoman, President and CEO of Analysis Group, Inc
  • Gar Samuelson (1958-1999), American drummer for the band Megadeth
  • Emily Samuelson (b. 1990), American gold, two-time silver and bronze medalist ice dancer
  • Don Samuelson (1913-2000), American politician, Republican politician from Idaho, USA



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