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

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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Williamson 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 Williamson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 93 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Williamson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Williamson 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.

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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 landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Anthony Williamson, who landed in Virginia in 1642
  • Thomas Williamson, who arrived in Virginia in 1649


Williamson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Barbery Williamson, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Andrew Williamson, who landed in Brunswick, North Carolina in 1775

Williamson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Adam Williamson, aged 22, landed in New York in 1812
  • Alexander Williamson, who landed in New York in 1855
  • Ann Williamson, aged 17, arrived in New York in 1864
  • David Williamson, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1864
  • Ellen Williamson, aged 25, landed in New York in 1864


Williamson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Andreas Christian Williamson, who arrived in Alabama in 1917

Williamson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • David Williamson, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Betsy Heron" from Belfast

Williamson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Williamson, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • George Williamson, a cutler, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Williamson, a iron-founder, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Margaret Williamson, Scottish convict from Aberdeen, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Mary Williamson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenswilly" in 1839


Williamson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • David Williamson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Francis Williamson landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Williamson landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Williamson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Charles Williamson, aged 16, a labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841


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  • Mr. Charles Francis Williamson (d. 1915), American 1st Class Passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • 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
  • Oliver Eaton Williamson Ph.D. (b. 1932), prominent author in the area of transaction cost economics and co-winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Economics
  • 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
  • John Williamson (1826-1885), Scottish-born American landscape artist
  • Nicol Williamson (b. 1938), Scottish-born British stage actor

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  1. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  6. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  7. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  8. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
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The Williamson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Williamson 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.

This page was last modified on 20 August 2015 at 18:23.

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