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


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.

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. 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wasson research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1627 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Wasson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wasson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Wasson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Wasson were

Wasson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Wasson, who settled in Barbados in 1678

Wasson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Isabel Wasson, who arrived in New England in 1735
  • William Wasson, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Wasson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Wasson, who came to Ohio sometime between 1809 and 1852
  • Archibald Wasson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866
  • H.P. Wasson, aged 47, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Fred Wasson, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Wasson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Albert J. Wasson, aged 40, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1908
  • Alice S. Wasson, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Aggie Wasson, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Harold Wasson, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1919
  • Abigail Wasson, who landed in America from Everton, in 1919

Wasson Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Dola Wasson, aged 36, who settled in Victoria, Canada, in 1912


  • Archibald Wasson, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Assembly from Livingston County, 1904
  • Clark Wasson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1916
  • Henry G. Wasson, American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from Pennsylvania, 1912
  • Hugh Wasson, American politician, Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1947-51
  • James D. Wasson, American politician, Postmaster at Albany, New York, 1843-49
  • John N. Wasson, American politician, U.S. Consul in Quebec City, 1884
  • Joseph Wasson, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 4th District, 1880-83
  • Loren Wasson, American politician, Delegate to Illinois convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • Marion Wasson, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1928
  • Robert A. Wasson, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 9th District, 1910



  • Genealogy of the McCullah-Wasson Families by Willis Austin McCullah.
  • Wassons by Nellie Mae Conklin.
  • Through Generations: A Genealogy of the Coffin Family...Shockney Family...Wasson Family... by Judith Stoleson.

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The Wasson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wasson 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.

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