England is a patronymic, created from the Medieval personal name Will. Thus Wilssan means "son of Will."
Early Origins of the Wilssan family
England, where the first on record appears to be Robert Willeson, listed in the Court Rolls of the manor of Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1324. Other early records include a Robert Wilson in 1341 in documents from the Cistercian Abbey of Kirkstall, Yorkshire; and John Willison in the Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire of 1366. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) Johannes Willeson was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) There was a place named Wilson in Devon that has existed since at least the time of the Domesday Book. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8) High Melton is of great significance to the family. "This parish, called in Domesday Book Middeltun, is situated on the northern acclivity of the vale of the Dearne, and comprises 1500 acres, of which 1000 are arable and pasture, and the remainder wood and plantations. The lands are chiefly the property of Richard Fountayne Wilson, Esq., whose seat of Melton Hall has extensive pleasure-grounds, tastefully laid out." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. Langham Hall in Suffolk "is chiefly the property of the family of Wilson." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Wilssan family
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Wilssan Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Wilson, Willson, Willison, Willston and others.
Early Notables of the Wilssan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wilssan family to Ireland
Some of the Wilssan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Wilssan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Anne Wilson, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Maryland in 1724; Christopher Wilson, a Scotch prisoner sent to Boston in 1652; Daniell Wilson, a servant sent to Nevis in 1658.
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