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The surname Wasson 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. 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.

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.


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 and printed products wherever possible.


Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wasson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 and printed products wherever possible.


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

  • William Wasson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1856
  • Warren Wasson (b. 1837), American politician, Delegate to Nevada State Constitutional Convention, 1863
  • Thornton Wasson, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chenango County, 1812-13
  • Thomas Campbell Wasson (1896-1948), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Melbourne, 1925-29; Puerto Cortes, 1932; U.S. Consul in Florence, 1936; Lagos, 1938; U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem, 1948
  • Robert Claude Wasson, American politician, Member of South Carolina State Senate from Laurens County, 1957-60; resigned 1960
  • Ronald E. Wasson, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Oklahoma State House of Representatives 84th District, 2002
  • Robert A. Wasson, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 9th District, 1910
  • Marion Wasson, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1928
  • 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
  • ...

Wasson Historic Events

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Bessie  Wasson (1871-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

  • 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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    Other References

    1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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    The Wasson Family Crest was acquired from the 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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