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Danson Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Danson blazon are the chevron and garb. The three main tinctures (colors) are sable, or and azure .

Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur 1. In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known 2. Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy 3.

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.4. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 5. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.6.

The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 7. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 8.

The chevron is one the major shapes used upon a shield, known as ordinaries. The inverted ‘V’ of the chevron is perhaps thought to have originated to represent a military scarf folded on the shield 9, or additional cross-pieces used to strengthen the shield and painted a different colour.10. It has also acquired the meaning of “Protection… granted… to one who has achieved some notable enterprise” 11, possibly becuase of its resemblance to the roof truss of a house.

Europe in the middle ages was still a largely agrarian society, and the wealth of the nobility resided in their estates and land. Since most people still lived and worked on the land they would find farm implements instantly recognisable, (an important feature for a coat of arms), even if they seem obscure to us today. 12 The garb for example is an ancient word for wheatsheaf, something now more frequently seen in Inn signs than in the field! 13

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Danson Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Danson Origin:

England, Ireland

Origins of Danson:

This unusual surname was acquired from a byname used for a person matching an administrator, a parish official or even used as a professional name for a dean's servant. The word Dean goes back to the Latin "decanus," formerly "a leader of ten men". Professional surnames originally indicated the real profession of the named ancestor, and after that became inherited. As a surname, Deans is typical of Scotland, and was common in the Hawickshire District, as "Deinis" and "Deins" in the 16th Century. Other new alternatives of the name are Danes, Denson, and Densum. The name had clearly already developed as a surname by then. One Jacob Deanes was the Baillie of Edinburgh in 1682, according to the "Scottish Retours," and James Deins was a Glasgow trader in 1606. In an early entry in Parish Records Agnes, daughter of Thomas and Jeanne Deanes, listed as being named in Edinburgh, in September 1617. The wedding also listed in Edinburgh of Margaret Deans and David Bennet, in January 1655.


More common variations are: Dannson, Deanson, Duanson, Danason, Danison, Dianson, Dawnsin, Dhanson, Danasona, Dainson.


The surname Danson was first found in Lancashire where conjecturally they were defeated from the great Norman noble, Ive or Ivo Taillebois, who held large portions of the north of Lancashire, and that part of Westmorland which came under the barony of Kendal. The surnames also descended from this noble are Lancaster, Kendal, and Irby, Bardsea, Broughton, Kirby and Preston. Ivo came to England with William the Conqueror, but there little known of the family except that they were Angevin.

The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that John Deaness, "slater," dated about 1588, in the "Burgesses and Guild Brethren Lists," Glasgow, Edinburgh, Scotland. It was during the time of King James VI, dated 1567- 1625. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.


Many of the people with surname Danson had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Some of the people with the name Danson who arrived in the United States in the 18th century included Barbara Danson, who arrived in North Carolina in 1726.


Some of the people with the surname Danson who came to Canada in the 19th century included Walter Danson at the age of 26, who was a laborer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in the year 1833 aboard the brig "Silestria" from Belfast, Ireland.


Some of the individuals with the surname Danson who landed in Australia in the 19th century included George Danson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839. Elizabeth Danson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Danson: Kenya 2,197; Uganda 1,867; England 963; United States 771; Tanzania 365; Australia 238; Canada 169; Wales 102; France 73; South Africa 73

Notable People:

Alex Danson is a female English field hockey player, who has represented both Great Britain and England.

Barney Danson (1921–2011), was a Canadian political leader.

Ernest Denny Logie Danson was known for his time in the 20th century as the priest of Edinburgh.

Sir Francis Chatillon Danson was a nobleman from Liverpool who was known for calculating insurance of large ships.

Jane Danson (born 1978), is an English actress.

Mike Danson was an English administrator who set up Datamonitor, a global company which investigates the business market.

Paul Danson is a retired English football coach from Leicester.

Ted Danson is an American actor, who is known for the award-winning TV comedy Cheers.

Yvonne Margaret Danson was born in May 1959 in London, United Kingdom. She represented England at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada, winning the bronze medal in the women's marathon.

Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Sa. a chev. or, voided az. betw. three garbs of the second. Crest—A garb quarterly or and gu. banded az.

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  • 1 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable
  • 2 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
  • 3 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
  • 4 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
  • 5 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
  • 6 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 7 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure
  • 8 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 9 A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, (various)
  • 10 The Pursuivant of Arms, J. R. Planche, Hardwicke, London 1859
  • 11 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P45
  • 12 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 86
  • 13 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Garbe