The name Searson arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Searson family lived in Essex
. Their name, however, is a reference to Serez, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Searson family
The surname Searson was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Colchester from very ancient times, some say from the reign of King Edmund Ironside in 1016, but this date conflicts with the more likely source of Serez, in the arrondisement of Evreux in Normandy
, supporting the contention that the family were granted these lands after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. They held a family seat there continuously from the conquest to 1770.
Early History of the Searson family
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Searson Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Sears, Seares, Seers, Seeres, Sear, Seare, Seer and many more.
Early Notables of the Searson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Searson family to Ireland
Some of the Searson family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 90 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Searson family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Searson or a variant listed above:
Searson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- George Searson, aged 26, who arrived in America, in 1895
Searson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Walter Searson, aged 48, who arrived in America, in 1905
- James Searson, aged 48, who arrived in America from London, in 1906
- Mary Searson, aged 26, who arrived in America from Roscrea, Ireland, in 1907
- Michael Searson, aged 25, who arrived in America from Roscrea, Ireland, in 1908
- Thomas Searson, aged 28, who arrived in America from Chesterfield, England, in 1911
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Searson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Searson, aged 39, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Omega" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Omega.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Searson (post 1700)
- Harold 'Harry' Searson (1924-2013), English football goalkeeper
The Searson 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: Honor et fides
Motto Translation: Honor and fidelity.