Among the clans of the Scottish/English Borderlands, the Strathclyde Britons
were the first to use the name Wiliamsum. It is derived from the Norman personal name William.
The name literally was derived from the patronymic
expression son of William.
Early Origins of the Wiliamsum family
The surname Wiliamsum was first found in Peebles, where this predominantly Scottish Clan
held a family seat
anciently, although their interests straddled the English Scottish border and they held territories as far south as Keswick in Cumberland.
Early History of the Wiliamsum family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wiliamsum research.Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1633, 1701, 1665, 1785, 1690, 1701, 1677, 1780 and are included under the topic Early Wiliamsum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wiliamsum Spelling Variations
Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations
. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Wiliamsum has been spelled Williamson, Wiliamson, Williamsone and others.
Early Notables of the Wiliamsum family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Dainty Davie or David Williamson, the ebullient Edinburgh preacher who buried six wives and the seventh buried him; and Sir... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wiliamsum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wiliamsum family to Ireland
Some of the Wiliamsum family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 109 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wiliamsum family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan
societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them: Michael Williamson, who settled in Massachusetts in 1631; James Williamson, who settled in Virginia in 1654 along with Isaac, Richard, Alice, and Ann.