Thomson Coat of Arms / Thomson Family Crest Thursday, Apr 3 2008 

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

The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Thomson has been spelled Thomson, Tomson, Tamson, Thomsoun, M’Comie and others.

First found in Ayrshire where they were seated as Lords of Kylne Kylle from about the year 1150.

To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were: Edward Thomson arrived on the “Mayflower” at Plymouth, Mass. in 1620; Andrew Thomson settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1801; Dugald Thomson settled in New York in 1739.

Suggested Readings for the name Thomson
  • Thomson, A Family History by Kathryn Blevins.

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

The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Thomson has been spelled Thomson, Tomson, Tamson, Thomsoun, M’Comie and others.

First found in Ayrshire where they were seated as Lords of Kylne Kylle from about the year 1150.

To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were: Edward Thomson arrived on the “Mayflower” at Plymouth, Mass. in 1620; Andrew Thomson settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1801; Dugald Thomson settled in New York in 1739.

Suggested Readings for the name Thomson
  • Thomson, A Family History by Kathryn Blevins.

  

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

The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Thomson has been spelled Thomson, Tomson, Tamson, Thomsoun, M’Comie and others.

First found in Ayrshire where they were seated as Lords of Kylne Kylle from about the year 1150.

To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were: Edward Thomson arrived on the “Mayflower” at Plymouth, Mass. in 1620; Andrew Thomson settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1801; Dugald Thomson settled in New York in 1739.

Suggested Readings for the name Thomson
  • Thomson, A Family History by Kathryn Blevins.

  

 

Some noteworthy people of the name Thomson
  • Virgil Thomson (1896-1989), American composer
  • Elihu Thomson (1853-1937), engineer and inventor who was instrumental in the founding of major electrical companies in the United States, United Kingdom and France. American
  • Derick Thomson (b. 1921), Scottish poet
  • Sir Charles Wyville Thomson (1830-1882), Scottish marine biologist
  • David Couper Thomson (1861-1954), Scottish newspaper proprietor
  • George Thomson (1757-1851), Scottish folksong collector
  • James Thomson (1700-1748), Scottish poet
  • James Thomson (1834-1882), Scottish poet
  • John Thomson (1778-1840), Scottish clergyman
  • Joseph Thomson (1858-1895), Scottish explorer
  • Robert William Thomson (1822-1873), engineer and inventor of the pneumatic tire Scottish
  • Thomas Thomson (1768-1852), Scottish antiquary
  • Tom Thomson (1877-1917), Canadian painter
  • David Thomson, New Zealand Government official
  • General James Thomson,
  • Kenneth Roy Thomson (1923-2006), 2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet, Canadian businessman who at the time of his death, was the ninth richest person in the world
  • Air Marshall Ronald Thomson,
  • Peter Thomson (b. 1929), Australian golfer
  • Sir Arthur Thomson (1861-1933), biologist
  • Sir George Paget Thomson (1892-1975), English physicist and Nobel Prize winner in Physics in 1937
  • James Thomson (1822-1892), Irish engineer and physicist
  • Sir Joseph John Thomson (1856-1940), English physicist awarded the 1906 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Roy Herbert Thomson (1894-1976), Canadian newspaper and television magnate

Simpson Coat of Arms / Simpson Family Crest Tuesday, Apr 1 2008 

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Simpson, Simson, Simsoun, Symson, Symsoun, Simpsone and many more.First found in Buckinghamshire, England where an area named Simpson was listed in the Domesday Book (1086) as being held by the Bishop of Bayeux.Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Henry Simpson who settled in Maine in 1635; John and Joe Simpson settled in Boston in 1635; Robert Simpson settled in Maryland in 1633; another Robert Simpson settled in Salem in 1630.Motto Translated: I am fed by my wings.

Suggested Readings for the name Simpson

  • The Descendants of Simpson-Roach Families of South Carolina by Max Peery.
  • Look Back with Pride by Dorothea Simpson Meriwether.
  • Simpson, Family of the American Frontier by John Worth Simpson.
Some noteworthy people of the name Simpson

  • Jessica Ann Simpson (b. 1980), American pop singer and actress
  • George Gaylord Simpson (1902-1984), American paleontologist and zoologist
  • Orenthal James “OJ” Simpson (b. 1947), retired American football player
  • Rear Admiral Roger Whitton Simpson (1898-1964), American Admiral awarded the Navy Cross during WW2
  • Ernest Aldrich Simpson, British shipping executive, best known as the second husband of Wallis Simpson, who married the former Edward VIII
  • George Simpson, meteorologist for Scott’s Antarctic expedition
  • George Simpson (b. 1942), Baron Simpson of Dunkeld, British politician
  • Robert Wilfred Levick Simpson (1921-1997), English composer
  • General Sir Frank Simpson,
  • Sir Cyril Simpson,
  • Rev. Rennie Simpson,
  • Sir George Simpson (1792-1860), English explorer, meteorologist and administrator of the Hudson’s Bay Company
  • Robert Baddely Simpson (b. 1936), Australian cricket player
  • Sir James Simpson,

Coat of Arms Flags Tuesday, Apr 1 2008 

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Scott Family Crest / Scott Coat of Arms Tuesday, Apr 1 2008 

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First found in Roxburghshire, where a family seat was held on the lands of Ballendan at the head of the Ale water in that county.Some of the Boernician-Scottish clan families who came to North America were Loyalists who went north to Canada after the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border went on to found two of the world’s great nations. This century, families with Scottish roots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and clan societies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Scott or a variant listed above: Nicholas Scot, who arrived in Virginia in 1606, fourteen years before the “Mayflower”; Elizabeth Scot settled in the Barbados in 1667; Goodwife Scott arrived in Virginia in 1623.

Motto Translated: Amo

Suggested Readings for the name Scott

  • Fullers, Sissons, and Scotts, our Yeoman Ancestors: 46 New England and New York Families by Carol Clark Johnson.
  • Hand, Sisson, and Scott: More Yeoman Ancestors by Carol Clark Johnson.
  • John Scott, 1761-1843: an American Revolutionary Veteran by Kenneth R. Scott.
Some noteworthy people of the name Scott

  • David Randolph Scott (b. 1932), former NASA astronaut, commander of Apollo 15
  • Ralph James Scott (1905-1983), American politician, U.S. Congressman from North Carolina (1957-1967)
  • Tom Scott (b. 1918), Scottish poet
  • Barbara Ann Scott (b. 1928), Canadian retired figure skater, the 1948 Olympic Champion
  • Cyril Meir Scott (1879-1970), English composer, writer, and poet
  • Sir Douglas Keith Scott (b. 1941), British mountaineer
  • Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811-1878), English architect of the Victorian Age
  • James C Scott (b. 1936), Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University
  • John Scott (1824-1896), American lawyer and Republican party politician
  • Thomas Hobbes Scott (1783-1860), Australian clergyman, first Archdeacon of New South Wales
  • Captain Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912), British Royal Navy officer and Antarctic explorer
  • Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), prolific Scottish historical novelist and poet
  • Thomas Seaton Scott (1826-1895), Canadian (British-born) architect, best known for the West Block of the Parliament of Canada
  • Hugh Stowell Scott (d. 1903), English novelist
  • Charles Prestwich Scott (1846-1931), English journalist
  • Randolph Scott (1898-1987), American motion picture actor
  • Sir David Scott (1782-1851), British politician
  • Rear Admiral Norman Scott, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1942
  • Machinist’s Mate First Class Robert R Scott, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1941
  • Captain (then Lieutenant) Robert S Scott, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1943
  • William Alexander Scott (b. 1940), Bermudan politician, Premier of Bermuda (2003-2006)
  • Alexander Walker Scott (1800-1883), Australian entomologist
  • Douglas Scott (1913-1990), British industrial designer

Russell Coat of Arms / Russell Family Crest Tuesday, Apr 1 2008 

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Origin Displayed: English

Where did the English Russell family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the Russell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Russell include Russell, Russel and others.

First found in Dorset where they were seated from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Russells to arrive on North American shores: Joe Russell settled in Virginia in 1635; John Russell settled in Virginia in 1623; Simon Russell settled in Boston in 1631; William and Walter Russell settled in Virginia in 1607.

Motto Translated: What will be will be.

Suggested Readings for the name Russell

  • Descendants of William Russell of Salem, Mass., 1647 by George Ely Russell.
  • Odyssey of the Barkers and The Russells by Don W. Barker.
  • Long, Long Ago, 1776-1976: a Genealogical Record of the Farris, Wells, Keltner, Wynne, Russell, Roberts Families in America by Harriett Farris Boozer.
Some noteworthy people of the name Russell

  • William Eustis Russell (1857-1896), American politician, governor of Massachusetts (1891-1894)
  • Donald Russell (1906-1998), American judge and politician, US Senator for South Carolina
  • Francis Russell (1910-1989), American Author specializing in American history
  • James Russell, American Admiral, and naval aviator
  • Johnny Russell (1940-2001), American country music, singer and songwriter
  • Bill Russell (b. 1934), American basketball player
  • Charles Taze Russell (1852-1916), American religious leader
  • Henry Norris Russell (1877-1957), American astronomer
  • Morgan Russell (1886-1953), American painter
  • Sir Charles Russell (1826-1883), English army Lieutenant-Colonel, who received the Victoria Cross for deeds in Crimea on November 5th, 1854
  • Edward Russell (1653-1727), English naval commander
  • Earl Francis Russell (1593-1641), 4th Earl of Bedford
  • Francis Russell (1527-1585), English courtier
  • Duke Francis Russell (1765-1802), English 5th Duke of Bedford
  • Duke Herbrand Russell (1858-1940), English 11th Duke of Bedford
  • John Russell (1486-1555), English courtier
  • John Russell (1792-1878), English statesman
  • John Russell (1710-1771), English statesman
  • John Francis Stanley Russell (1865-1931), English politician
  • Duke John Robert Russell (b. 1917), English 13th Duke of Bedford
  • Sir William Russell (1558-1613), English statesman
  • William Russell (1639-1683), English Whig statesman
  • Earl William Russell (1613-1700), English 5th Earl and 1st Duke of Bedford
  • Duke William Russell (1888-1953), English 12th Duke of Bedford
  • Anna Russell (b. 1911), English singer
  • Sir Edward John Russell (1872-1965), English agriculturist
  • Frederick Stratten Russell (1897-1984), English marine biologist
  • George Russell (1857-1951), English horticulturist
  • Jack Russell (1795-1883), English sporting parson
  • John Russell (1745-1806), English portrait painter
  • Henry Kenneth Alfred Russell (b. 1927), English film director
  • John Russell (1792-1878), 1st Earl Russell, British politician who served twice as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • Pee Wee Russell (1906-1969), jazz musician
  • George William Russell (1867-1935), Irish poet
  • John Scott Russell (1808-1882), Scottish naval engineer who built the Great Eastern (the largest ship built at that time)
  • Sir William Howard Russell (1821-1907), Irish war correspondent
  • Charles Russell (1832-1900), Irish lawyer

Robertson Family Crest Tuesday, Apr 1 2008 

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

Many spelling variations of robertson have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. Robertson, MacConachie, Maconachie, MacConaghy, MacConchie, MacConckey, MacConkey, MacDonnachie, MacDonachie, MacDunnachie, MacInroy, MacLagan, Mac Raibeirt (Gaelic) and many more.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the robertson family emigrate to North America: Daniel Robertson, who settled in Virginia in 1716; along with Francis, Isabella, James, John, and Donald; Alexander, Archibald, Charles, Daniel, Duncan, George, Henry, James, Jane, John, Robert, Thomas and William Robertston all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870.

Motto Translated: Glory is the reward of valour.

Suggested Readings for the name robertson

  • Children of Nashville by Sarah Foster Kelley.
Some noteworthy people of the name robertson

  • David Robertson, American conductor
  • Oscar Robertson (b. 1938), American basketball player
  • Douglas Moray Cooper Lamb Argyll Robertson, Scottish ophthalmologist
  • George Croom Robertson (1842-1892), Scottish philosopher
  • Jeannie Robertson (1908-1975), Scottish American folk singer
  • Joseph Robertson (1810-1866), Scottish antiquary
  • William Robertson (1721-1793), Scottish historian and Principal of the University of Edinburgh
  • Sir Brian Hubert Robertson, British general and politician
  • Sir Dennis Robertson, British economist
  • Geoffrey Robertson Robertson, Australian-born lawyer, author, and broadcaster
  • George Robertson, now Lord Robertson – Baron Robertson of Port Ellen, British politician and Secretary General of NATO, 1999 – 2004
  • George S Robertson, British athlete
  • Sir Horace Robertson, Australian soldier
  • Howard Percy Robertson, mathematical physicist
  • J M Robertson, British journalist, secularist and Liberal MP
  • Jerry Robertson, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Lloyd Robertson (b. 1934), Canadian journalist and broadcaster
  • Henrietta Richardson Robertson (1870-1964), real name of Henry Handel Richardson, Australian author
  • Charles Grant Robertson (1869-1948), English historian
  • Frederick William Robertson (1816-1853), English clergyman
  • Thomas William Robertson (1829-1871), English dramatist
  • Sir William Robert Robertson (1860-1933), British Field Marshal who served as Chief of the Imperial General Staff from 1916 to 1918

Peterson Coat of Arms / Peterson Family Crest Sunday, Mar 30 2008 

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Where did the Scottish Peterson family come from? What is the Scottish coat of arms/family crest? When did the Peterson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Peterson has appeared Peterson, Petersone, Petterson, Piterson and others.First found in Aberdeenshire where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and clan societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Peterson: Cornelius Peterson who settled in Maryland in 1674; Evor Peterson settled in Virginia in 1653; Henry Peterson settled in Virginia in 1622; Neale Peterson settled in Virginia in 1653.

Motto Translated: Nothing without God.

Suggested Readings for the name Peterson

    * From Norway to North America: the Descendants in Canada and the United Stated of Olaf and Caroline Pederson who came from Norway about 1867 to Manitoba and North Dakota by Jean E. Peterson.
Some noteworthy people of the name Peterson

    * Val Peterson, American Governor of the U.S. state of Nebraska
    * Alexander Peterson, Oxford University
    * Sir Arthur Peterson, Home Office
    * Colin Peterson, Ecclesiastic
    * John Peterson, Scholar
    * David Peterson, Premier of Ontario
    * Lynn Peterson, Mayor of the City of Thunder Bay, Ontario
    * Oscar Peterson (1925-2007), Canadian jazz pianist and composer
    * Donald H Peterson (b. 1923), United States Air Force officer and a former USAF and NASA astronaut
    * Michael Peterson (b. 1957), Australian surfer
    * Rev. M F Peterson,
    * Staff Sergeant George Peterson, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
    * Chief Watertender Oscar Verner Peterson, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1942

Murray Coat of Arms / Murray Family Crest Thursday, Mar 27 2008 

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

Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Murray has been written Murray, Murrey, Moray, Morey, Morrey, Morry, Murry and many more.

First found in Moray (Gaelic: Moireibh), at one time officially Elginshire, in the present day Scottish Council Area of Moray, in northeastern Scotland, where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Murray: Andrew, Anne, Archibald, Bernard, Catherine, Charles, Daniel, Denis, Edward, George, Henry, Hugh, James, John, Martin, Michael, Patrick, Peter, Robert, Thomas and William Murray who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870. In Newfoundland, James Murray was in possession of property and was a fisherman of St. John’s in 1784.

Motto Translated: Quite ready.

Suggested Readings for the name Murray

  • Family Ties of Roy Harold Murray by Miriam Clouds Murray.
  • Golden Clan: the Murrays, the McDonnells, and the Irish American Aristocracy by John Corry.

 

Some noteworthy people of the name Murray

  • Bill Murray (b. 1950), Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-winning American comedian and actor
  • Patty Murray (b. 1950), American Politician, United States Senator for Washington (from 1992)
  • Jeanne Murray (b. 1923), original name of American Jean Stapleton
  • John Murray (1741-1815), American theologian
  • Lindley Murray (1745-1826), American grammarian
  • Alexander Stuart Murray (1841-1904), Scottish archaeologist
  • William Murray (b. 1930), 8th Earl of Mansfield, Scottish nobleman and Conservative politician
  • David Murray, Scottish entrepreneur
  • Alexander Murray (1775-1813), Scottish philologist
  • Charles Murray (1864-1941), Scottish poet
  • Lord George Murray (1700-1760), Scottish Jacobite soldier
  • John Murray (1745-1793), Scottish publisher
  • Sir Terrence Ubrey Murray (1810-1873), Irish born, settler and architect in Australia
  • Keith Anderson Hope Murray (1903-1993), Baron Murray of Newhaven, British academic
  • Gilbert Murray (1866-1957), Professor and Greek scholar at Oxford University
  • Sir James Augustus Henry Murray (1837-1915), British philologist and the original lexicographer of the Oxford English Dictionary
  • George Iain Murray (1931-1996), 10th Duke of Atholl
  • Kenneth Randolph Murray (1913-1995), 11th Earl of Dunmore
  • Anne Murray (b. 1945), Canadian singer
  • George Gilbert Aimé Murray (1866-1957), Australian classical scholar
  • Sir John Murray (1841-1914), Canadian marine zoologist
  • Keith Bay Pearce Murray (b. 1892), New Zealand architect and designer
  • Len Murray (b. 1922), English trade union leader
  • Les Murray (b. 1938), Australian poet
  • Matthew Murray (1765-1826), English inventor
  • William Staite Murray (1881-1962), English potter
  • First Lieutenant Charles P Murray Jr., who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944

Morrison Coat of Arms / Morrison Family Crest Thursday, Mar 27 2008 

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

Medieval scribes most often spelled names by the way they sounded. Spelling Variations, are thus, very common in records dating from that time. Over the years, morrison has been spelled Morrison, Morison, Morieson and many more.

First found in on the Isle of Lewis where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

The Scottish settlers spread out along the fertile land of the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. They and many of their children went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. That heritage has been recovered by many in this century through clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Archival documents indicate that members of the morrison family relocated to North American shores quite early: Daniel Morrison who settled in Boston in 1767; along with: Darby 1766; James 1765; John 1822; Michael 1822; Elizabeth 1635; Francis Morrison settled in Virginia in 1650.

Motto Translated: Castle Eistein.

Some noteworthy people of the name morrison

  • Marion Michael Morrison (1907-1979), , the Acadamey Award-winning American film actor
  • James Douglas “Jim” Morrison (1943-1971), American poet, singer, member of rock band “the Doors”
  • Toni Chloe Anthony Morrison (b. 1931), American author and one of the most prominent authors in world literature, having won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988 for her novel “Beloved” and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993 for her collected works
  • Robert Morrison (1782-1834), Scottish scholar
  • George Ivan Morrison (b. 1945), the rock singer better known as Van Morrison
  • Dr. Iain Morrison, Lord Ruchdi, Clan Morrison Chief (1974)
  • MacAulay Morrison (1863-1942), Canadian lawyer, politician, appointed a judge of the British Columbia Supreme Court in 1904
  • William Shepherd Morrison (1893-1961), Viscount Dunrossil, British politician, speaker of British House of Commons (1951-1959) and Governor-general of Australia (1959-1961)
  • Jeanette Helen Morrison (1927-2004), original name of Janet Leigh, Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning American actress
  • Herbert Stanley Morrison (1888-1965), English politican, deputy prime minister from 1945-51
  • Frank Morrison, original name of Mickey Spillane
  • Arthur Morrison (1863-1945), English novelist
  • Herbert Morrison (1888-1965), British politican, deputy prime minister from 1945-51

Mitchell Coat of Arms / Mitchell Family Crest Thursday, Mar 27 2008 

Mitchell Coat of Arms

Mitchell Family Crest / Mitchell Coat of Arms

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

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mitchell, Michel, Michell, Mitchill, Mychell, Mitcham and many more.

First found in Surrey, where the family was seated from very early times. The mitchells were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Maudlin Mitchell, who sailed to Virginia in 1620; Mathew Mitchell, who arrived in Connecticut in 1630; Edward Mitchell, who settled in Virginia in 1635.

Motto Translated: By God’s favour I conquer.

Suggested Readings for the name mitchell

    * Descendants of John Mitchell of Drumore Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania by Warren A. Brannon.
    * The Mitchell Family of Tipton County, Tennessee by Helen Mitchell Goggins.
Some noteworthy people of the name mitchell

    * Maria Mitchell (1818-1889), American astronomer who was the first to discover a comet with the use of a telescope and was the first woman admitted to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the American Philosophical Society, William Ormond Mitchell (1914-1998), a well-known Canadian writer, Joan Mitchell (b. 1926), a prominent painter, and Arthur Mitchell (b. 1934), a world-renowned dancer, artistic director, educator, and choreographer who founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem
    * Edgar D. Mitchell, American astronaut
    * Billy Mitchell (1879-1936), American military leader
    * Dennis Mitchell, American athlete
    * Silas Weir Mitchell (1829-1914), American physician
    * Brigadier General William Lendrum “Billy” Mitchell (1879-1936), American aviation pioneer regarded as the father of the U.S. Air Force. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Distinguished Service Medal
    * Elma Mitchell (b. 1919), Scottish poet
    * Neil Mitchell, Scottish pop star
    * Sir Peter Chalmer Mitchell (1864-1945), Scottish zoologist
    * Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell (1792-1855), surveyor and explorer of south-eastern Australia Scottish
    * William Ormond Mitchell (1914-1998), well-known Canadian writer
    * Joan Mitchell (b. 1926), prominent painter
    * Arthur Mitchell (b. 1934), world-renowned dancer, artistic director, educator, and choreographer who founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem
    * Helen Porter Mitchell (1861-1931), original name of Australian Dame Nellie Melba
    * James Fitzallen Mitchell (b. 1931), Grenadine politician
    * Peter Dennis Mitchell (b. 1920), English biochemist
    * Reginald Joseph Mitchell (1895-1937), English aircraft designer
    * Warren Mitchell (b. 1926), English actor
    * Maureen “Little Mo” Mitchell (1898-1973), Swedish author
    * William Mitchell (1916-1977), original name of Peter Finch
    * George Allan Mitchell (1911-1944), British soldier awarded the Victoria Cross during WW2
    * Captain Coulson Norman Mitchell (1889-1978), Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross during the First World War

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