In ancient Scotland
, the first people to use the name Williamsum were part of a tribe known as the Strathclyde Britons
. The name is derived from the Norman personal name William.
The name literally was derived from the patronymic
expression son of William.
Early Origins of the Williamsum family
The surname Williamsum 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 Williamsum family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Williamsum 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 Williamsum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Williamsum Spelling Variations
Surnames that evolved in Scotland
in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations
. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Williamsum has appeared as Williamson, Wiliamson, Williamsone and others.
Early Notables of the Williamsum 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 Williamsum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Williamsum family to Ireland
Some of the Williamsum 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 Williamsum family to the New World and Oceana
The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan
families back home. Many Scots even fought against England
in the American War of Independence
to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. 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.