Williamson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Williamson was first used by the people of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Strathclyde Britons. 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 Williamson family

The surname Williamson 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 Williamson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Williamson research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1633, 1701, 1665, 1785, 1690, 1701, 1677, 1780 and are included under the topic Early Williamson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Williamson Spelling Variations

Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Williamson has been spelled Williamson, Wiliamson, Williamsone and others.

Early Notables of the Williamson 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...
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Ireland Migration of the Williamson family to Ireland

Some of the Williamson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 61 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 Williamson migration to the United States +

For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Williamson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Michael Williamson, who settled in Massachusetts in 1631
  • Maxwell Williamson, who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • David Williamson, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Anthony Williamson, who landed in Virginia in 1642 [1]
  • Thomas Williamson, who arrived in Virginia in 1649
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Williamson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Barbery Williamson, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • Andrew Williamson, who landed in Brunswick, North Carolina in 1775 [1]
Williamson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adam Williamson, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Alexander Williamson, who landed in New York in 1855 [1]
  • Ann Williamson, aged 17, who arrived in New York in 1864 [1]
  • David Williamson, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1864 [1]
  • Ellen Williamson, aged 25, who landed in New York in 1864 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Williamson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Andreas Christian Williamson, who arrived in Alabama in 1917 [1]
  • James Williamson, aged 36, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Pennyworth" from Havre, France [2]
  • Annie Williamson, aged 40, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England [3]
  • John Williamson, aged 7, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England [4]

Canada Williamson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Williamson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Archibald Williamson U.E., (Willison) born in Argyllshire, Scotland who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784he is listed with the Loyalists and Disbanded Soldiers whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists, he served in the 74th Regiment [5]
  • Mr. George Williamson U.E., (Willison) who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 [5]
Williamson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • David Williamson, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Betsy Heron" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mr. Daniel Williamson, aged 65 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Emigrant" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in October 1847 [6]
  • Ms. Rose Williamson, aged 19 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Emigrant" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in October 1847 [6]
  • Mr. George Williamson, aged 34 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Larch" departing 11th July 1847 from Sligo, Ireland; the ship arrived on 20th August 1847 but he died on board [7]

Australia Williamson migration to Australia +

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

Williamson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Williamson, (b.1800, aged 19 born in Cornwall, UK convicted in Cornwall on 9th August 1819, sentenced for life for stealing money, transported aboard the ship "Coromandel" in 1819 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [8]
  • Mr. William Williamson(b. 1800), aged 19, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 9th August 1819, sentenced for life for stealing money from Thomas Tuck of Truro, transported aboard the ship "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [9]
  • James Williamson, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • George Williamson, a cutler, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Williamson, a iron-founder, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Williamson migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Williamson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • David Williamson, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Francis Williamson, who landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Williamson, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Williamson, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Charles Williamson, aged 16, a labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Williamson (post 1700) +

  • Oliver Eaton Williamson (1932-2020), American economist, professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and recipient of the 2009 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
  • Donald J. Williamson (1934-2019), American businessman and politician, 91st Mayor of Flint, Michigan (2003-2009)
  • Claude Berkeley Williamson (1926-2016), American jazz pianist
  • Richard Williamson (1941-2015), American college and NFL football coach
  • Kate Williamson (1931-2013), born Robina Jane Sparks, an American actress, best known for her roles on Ellen (1995), Disclosure (1994), and Dahmer (2002)
  • Richard Salisbury Williamson (1949-2013), American lawyer, diplomat and pedagogue, 17th Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (1988-1989)
  • Michael T. "Mykelti" Williamson (b. 1960), American actor
  • Hugh Williamson (1735-1819), American political leader, physician, scientist who represented North Carolina at the Constitutional Convention
  • Scott Ryan Williamson (b. 1976), American professional baseball player
  • Kevin Williamson (b. 1965), American film and television writer, producer and director
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. James Harold Williamson (b. 1964), American Specialist 4th Class from Waynesville, Missouri, USA who died in the crash [11]
Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Percy Robert Williamson, British Senior 5th Engineer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [12]
Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Marie Agnes  Williamson (1907-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [13]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Maurice Douglas Williamson (1918-1941), Australian Leading Stoker from Lenah Valley, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Sydney Thomas Lawrence Williamson (1916-1941), Australian Acting Petty Officer from Elwood, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [14]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Walter Noel Williamson (d. 1945), British Able Seaman aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [15]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Harry Williamson (b. 1918), English Leading Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Sunderland, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Arthur Sydney Williamson, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [17]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Kenneth Arthur Williamson, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [18]
  • Mr. George Alexander Williamson, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [18]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Charles Francis Williamson, American 1st Class Passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [19]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. James Bertram Williamson (d. 1912), aged 35, Irish Postal Clerk from Dublin, Ireland who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [20]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Randolph Williamson Jr., American Mess Attendant Second Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [21]
  • Mr. William Dean Williamson, American Radioman Second Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [21]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q3-RZ4 : 6 December 2014), James Williamson, 21 Dec 1919; citing departure port Havre, arrival port New York, ship name Pennyworth, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q7-9QQ : 6 December 2014), Annie Williamson, 28 Dec 1919; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q7-9Q7 : 6 December 2014), John Williamson, 28 Dec 1919; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 60)
  7. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 99)
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  9. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  11. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  12. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  13. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  14. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  15. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  16. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  17. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  18. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  19. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  20. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  21. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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