Show ContentsSarson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Sarson surname is derived from the Old French word "Sarrazin," meaning "Saracen." It is thought to have been a nickname in Medieval England for someone of swarthy appearance, or for someone returned from the Crusades, before becoming a surname.

Early Origins of the Sarson family

The surname Sarson was first found in Cumberland where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.

Early History of the Sarson family

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Sarson Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Sarson are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Sarson include: Sarson, Sarsen, Saracen, Sarason, Sareson and many more.

Early Notables of the Sarson family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • the Sarson family of Cumberland

United States Sarson migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Sarson or a variant listed above:

Sarson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Rich Sarson, who landed in Virginia in 1654 1
  • Thomas Sarson, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 1
  • John Sarson, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 1
Sarson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nicholas Sarson, aged 26, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1868 1
  • Hans Peter Sarson, who was naturalized in Illinois in 1891

Australia Sarson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Sarson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Sarson, British Convict who was convicted in Derby, Derbyshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Elizabeth" on 11th August 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 2
  • Richard Sarson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Andromache" in 1850 3

Contemporary Notables of the name Sarson (post 1700) +

  • Peter Sarson, English illustrator of military vehicles for publications
  • Graeme R Sarson (b. 1968), Scottish Lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Newcastle

  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. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd March 2022). Retrieved from
  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANDROMACHE 1850. Retrieved on Facebook