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History reveals the roots of the Williamston family name in the ancient Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is derived from the Norman personal name William. The name literally was derived from the patronymic expression son of William.

Williamston Early Origins



The surname Williamston 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.

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Williamston Spelling Variations


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Williamston Spelling Variations



Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Williamston has been spelled Williamson, Wiliamson, Williamsone and others.

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Williamston Early History


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Williamston Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Williamston 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 Williamston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Williamston Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Williamston Early Notables (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 Williamston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Williamston In Ireland


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Williamston In Ireland



Some of the Williamston 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. 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.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Williamston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Williamston 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 3 September 2013 at 12:01.

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