Tisson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Tisson family's name is derived from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain following the Norman Conquest of island in 1066. Their name originated with an early member who was a fiesty or hot-tempered person. The name is a metaphor derived from the Old French word tison meaning fire-brand.

Alternatively the name could have originated from "Tesson or Taisson, the Norman-French for badger." [1]

Early Origins of the Tisson family

The surname Tisson was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from early times, where the name originally was Tesson, one of the most powerful families in Normandy seated at Angouleme. Their history is French more than Viking and they distinguished themselves against the Saracens in 725.

They were later seated at Anjou and Raoul Tesson the first Lord of Cingueleiz led 120 knights at Val-Des-Dunes in 1047. Gilbert Tesson, his brother, obtained the barony of Alnwick from King Edward the Confessor, England's Saxon King, and was killed at the Battle of Hastings, fighting on the Saxon side. [2]

Early History of the Tisson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tisson research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1309, 1651, 1708 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Tisson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tisson Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Tisson include Tyson, Tesson, Tewson, Tiuson, Tison, Dyson and many more.

Early Notables of the Tisson family (pre 1700)

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tisson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Tisson migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Tissons to arrive on North American shores:

Tisson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Reinert Tisson, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1691-1692 [3]
Tisson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Pierre Tisson, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tisson (post 1700) +

  • Mathieu Tisson, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [4]


  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) Mathieu Tisson. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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