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

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.


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sisson research. Another 186 words(13 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.


More information is included under the topic Early Sisson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Sisson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 93 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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
  • George Sisson, who immigrated to Rhode Island in 1635
  • Richard Sisson, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1653
  • John Sisson, who arrived in Maryland in 1659
  • Frances Sisson, who landed in Maryland in 1659

Sisson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edwd Sisson, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • William Sisson, who came to 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
  • L W Sisson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • F. W. Sisson settled in San Francisco in 1852

Sisson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Sisson, who arrived in Canada in 1830
  • Zebediah Sisson, who landed in Canada in 1831

Sisson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Sisson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Blundell" in 1851
  • John Sisson, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sibella"


  • Edgar Sisson, American reporter, purchaser of the Sisson Documents, alleged forged Russian documents obtained 1918
  • Charles Hubert Sisson (1914-2003), English writer from Langport, Somerset
  • Marshall Arnott Sisson RA,, British architect in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
  • Fred Sisson (1879-1949), United States Representative from New York
  • Rosemary Anne Sisson (b. 1923), British writer and screenwriter


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

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The Sisson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sisson 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 10 January 2014 at 14:37.

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