Show ContentsYoungson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Youngson family lived among the Strathclyde-Briton people in the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for a person who was very young, from the Old English word yong and yung. Alternatively, it could be "a personal name the same in meaning with Gaelic Og, 'young.' " [1]

Early Origins of the Youngson family

The surname Youngson was first found in the borderlands between Scotland and England. The name was first borne in this region by a Strathclyde-Briton family, as revealed in records dating back to the 13th century.

"Its centre in the north is in Northumberland and Durham. Over a large part of Scotland, but especially south of the Forth and the Clyde, Young is numerously to be found." [2]

One of the earliest records of the family was in the Latin form of the name (typical of the time): "Malmor dictus Juvenis and Ade dictus Juvenis were assizers at Dumbarton in 1271." [1] Years later, John Yong de Dyngvale witnessed a charter by the earl of Ross to Reginald, son of Roderick of the Isles, in 1342 and one year later, Symone Yong was burgess of Elgin in 1343.

Early History of the Youngson family

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Youngson Spelling Variations

Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Youngson has been spelled Young, Younge, Yonge, Yong, Yung, Youngson and others.

Early Notables of the Youngson family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Young (1587-1655), Scottish theologian; Alexander Young (died 1684), a Scottish prelate, Bishop of Edinburgh (1671-1679), and Bishop of Ross (1679-1684); and Edward Young (1683-1765), English poet. Elizabeth Younger (1699?-1762), was a Scottish actress, called indifferently on the stage at the outset Miss...
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Ireland Migration of the Youngson family to Ireland

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

In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:

Youngson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Christopher Youngson, who landed in Maryland in 1668 [3]
Youngson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Youngson, aged 11, who landed in America from Scotland, in 1896
  • Margaret Youngson, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States from Scotland, in 1896
Youngson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Margt. Youngson, aged 49, who settled in America from Aberdeen, in 1900
  • George Youngson, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1904
  • Margaret Youngson, aged 50, who landed in America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1908
  • William Youngson, aged 50, who immigrated to the United States from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1908
  • Wm. Youngson, aged 52, who landed in America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1909
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New Zealand Youngson 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:

Youngson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Youngson, (b. 1850), aged 24, Scottish Domestic Servant, from Aberdeen travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 31st December 1874 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Youngson (post 1700) +

  • Robert Youngson (1917-1974), American two-time Academy Award winning film producer, director, and screenwriter
  • George William Youngson (1919-1982), Scottish first-class cricketer

The Youngson Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Roberi prudentia praestat
Motto Translation: Prudence excels strength.

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. 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)
  4. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook