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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.


The surname Samuelson was 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.

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.


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 and printed products wherever possible.


Notables of this surname at this time include Sir William Samwell (1559-1628), Auditor of the Exchequer to Queen Elizabeth I of England; William Samwell (1628-1676) was an English architect; and Sir Thomas Samwell, 1st Baronet (c.1654-1694), Member of Parliament...

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Samuelson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 and printed products wherever possible.


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
  • ...

Samuelson Historic Events

Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Christian Samuelson (1892-1914), Swedish Third Class Passenger from Gothenburg, Sweden who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Carl Samuelson, Norwegian Third Class Passenger from Stavanger, Norway who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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    The Samuelson Family Crest was acquired from the 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.

    This page was last modified on 25 November 2015 at 14:12.

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