Wason History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wason family

The surname Wason was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat. The name, taking many forms, predominated in Cornwall before the Conquest, dating back to 1000 A,D, as Wasso, Wasce, Wazo, Gazo, Gasche, (all pronounced approximately the same) and in the next two centuries they proliferated along the south coast of England into Somerset, Hampshire, Essex, Cambridge and as far north as Lincolnshire.

Wace ( fl. 1170), the famous chronicler, was born in Jersey, probably about 1100. His parents' names are unknown; his mother was a daughter of Toustein, Chamberlain to Robert I, Duke of Normandy. He is best known for his poem 'Roman de Rou,' a work, as reconstituted by modern French criticism. [1]

At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, a census taken by Duke William of all his taxable estates, the name was represented by Robertus filius Wazonis, a Latin version of the surname. The spelling of Gace is pronounced Wace, just as Guilliam is William.

Early History of the Wason family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wason research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1627, 1690, 1691, 1757, 1750, 1672, 1738, 1691, 1694, 1695 and are included under the topic Early Wason History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wason Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Wace, Waison, Wayson, Wasson, Wash, Waze, Waize, Waice, Gaish, Gash, Gason, Gasson, Gaze, Ways, Wasso, Waso, Gace, Gaco, Wass and many more.

Early Notables of the Wason family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Christopher Wase (1627-1690), an English scholar, author, translator, and educator, Architypographus of Oxford University Press. William Wasey (1691-1757), was an English physician, the son of William Wasey, an attorney, who resided at Brunstead in Norfolk. He...
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Ireland Migration of the Wason family to Ireland

Some of the Wason family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Wason migration to the United States +

The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Wason:

Wason Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Philip Wason, who arrived in Maryland in 1667 [2]
Wason Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Wason, who arrived in New England in 1736 [2]
  • Thomas Wason, who landed in New England in 1738 [2]
  • Ann Wright Wason, who settled in New Hampshire in 1738
Wason Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Archibald Wason, who settled in America in 1811
  • George Wason, who settled in New York in 1811
  • Archer Wason, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1811
  • Archer Wason, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 [2]
  • Archibald Wason, who landed in America in 1811 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Wason migration to Australia +

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

Wason Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Wason, English Convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • Joseph Wason, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"

Contemporary Notables of the name Wason (post 1700) +

  • Milton Wason, American politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1863-65, 1880-83 [4]
  • George B. Wason, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1916 [4]
  • George A. Wason, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate, 1883-84, 1895-96 [4]
  • Edward Hills Wason (1865-1941), American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives, 1899, 1909, 1913; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention, 1902 [4]
  • Norma Wason Dodge, American politician, Delegate to Colorado convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933 [5]
  • Wason Libardo Renteria (b. 1985), Colombian footballer


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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