Sisson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Sisson is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Sisson family lived in Gloucestershire, at the manor of Siston, from whence their name was derived.

Early Origins of the Sisson family

The surname Sisson was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Siston, held at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book, a survey of England taken by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England in Hastings in 1066 A.D. In this survey the village of Siston was held by Roger de Berkeley. Conjecturally they were descended from Roger, and as it was the tradition of Norman families, the second or third son usually adopted the name of his manor or lands.

Early History of the Sisson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sisson research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1661, 1690, 1720, 1749, and 1783 are included under the topic Early Sisson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sisson Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Sisson family name include Siston, Sistons, Syston, Sistun, Systun, Sisson, Sissons, Sysun, Sisun, Sissun, Sison, Sisons, Syson, Sysson, Session, Sesion and many more.

Early Notables of the Sisson family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Sisson family to Ireland

Some of the Sisson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Sisson migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Sisson family to immigrate North America:

Sisson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Sisson, who arrived in Virginia in 1622-1623 [1]
  • George Sisson, who immigrated to Rhode Island in 1635
  • Richard Sisson, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1653 [1]
  • John Sisson, who arrived in Maryland in 1659 [1]
  • Frances Sisson, who landed in Maryland in 1659 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Sisson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Sisson, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [1]
  • William Sisson, who settled in Maryland in 1774
Sisson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • R. Sisson, who arrived in New York State in 1823
  • D Sisson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • L W Sisson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • F. W. Sisson, who settled in San Francisco in 1852

Canada Sisson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sisson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Sisson, who arrived in Canada in 1830
  • Zebediah Sisson, who landed in Canada in 1831

Australia Sisson migration to Australia +

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

Sisson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Sisson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Blundell" in 1851 [2]
  • John Sisson, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sibella" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Sisson (post 1700) +

  • Edgar Sisson, American reporter, purchaser of the Sisson Documents, alleged forged Russian documents obtained 1918
  • Frederick James Sisson (1879-1949), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 33rd District, 1933-37; Defeated, 1922, 1928, 1936 [4]
  • Frank W. Sisson, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1932 [4]
  • Eugene P. Sisson, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1900 [4]
  • Elias H. Sisson, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Bergen County, 1881-82 [4]
  • Edwin F. Sisson, American politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1893-95 [4]
  • Charles P. Sisson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1928 (alternate), 1936 [4]
  • Bruce C. Sisson, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Greenwich, 1946 [4]
  • Brian Sisson, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Huntersville, North Carolina, 2009 [4]
  • Ames W. Sisson, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hebron; Elected 1926 [4]
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Sisson +

  • 2773 "Hand, Sisson, and Scott: More Yeoman Ancestors" by Carol Clark Johnson, "Yankee Heritage, a Sisson Ancestry" by Brian Joe Lobley Berry.

  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BLUNDELL 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Blundell.htm
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIBELLA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sibella1852.shtml.
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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