Elson Coat of Arms
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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Elson Name
Origins of Elson:
This interesting surname has two possible origins. The first origin of the name may be of English geographical origin from Elson in Hampshire or Shropshire. The ancient name was listed as “Aethelswithetuninga” in the 948 Saxon documents and is so called from the old English pre 7th Century female name “Aethelswith” (combination of the components “aethel” which means gentle and “swith,” which means firm and “tun” which means enclosure or agreement.) The latter was listed as “Elleston” in the history of Shropshire (1247) and acquires from the old English name “Elli” and “tun” (as before). The second origin of the name may be as a nickname form of “El,” itself being a love form of Ellis, acquiring from the Hebrew “Eliyahu” which means “Jehovah is God.” The surname was first listed in the second half of the 14th Century. In the new phrase, the surname has many different spellings such as Elson, Ellson, Ellsom, etc. The wedding of Mary Elsom and Richard Sawford took place at St. Dunstan’s, Stepney in February 1632 and Maria, daughter of Thomae and Margaretta Elsom named in October 1662 at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, London.
More common variations are: Ellson, Elison, Eleson, Ealson, Elason, Elsone, Elsony, Aelson, Uelson, Elsoin.
The surname Elson first appeared in Nottinghamshire at Elston, a small hamlet that exists between the rivers Trent and Devon and dates sometime back to at least the Domesday Book where it was recorded as Elvestune, Eluestune, and Eluestune and perhaps meant “meadow of a man called Eilafr” from an Old Scandinavian name. The less similarly local that the name could have acquired from is Elston in Wiltshire, a village in the church of St. George which also listed in the Domesday Book, but as Wintreburne.
The very first recorded spelling of the family was shown to be that of Ricardus Elson, dated about 1379, in the “Poll Tax Returns of Yorkshire.” It was during the time of King Richard II, who was known to be the “Richard of Bordeaux,” dated 1377-1399. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation.
Many of the people with surname Elson had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Elson settled in the United States in four different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th. Some of the people with the name Elson who settled in the United States in the 17th century included Ann Elson, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1629. Elizabeth Elson at the age of 18, settled in Barbados in 1635. William Elson who landed in Maryland in 1640. John Elson arrived in Virginia in 1652.
Some of the people with the surname Elson who settled in the United States in the 18th century included Samuel Elson, who arrived in New England in 1707.
The following century saw many more Elson surnames come. Some of the people with the surname Elson who settled in the United States in the 19th century included H Elson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851. Hugh B. Elson at the age26, who landed in America from Manchester, in 1893. Benjamin Elson, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1895.
Some of the people with the surname Elson who settled in the United States in the 20th century included Jacob Elson, aged 26, who emigrated to America from London, in 1902. Berel Elson, aged 7, who landed in America from London, in 1906. Charles Elson at the age of 48, who shifted to the United States, in 1908. Anna Elson at the age of 49, who arrived in America, in 1908. Samuel Hop Elson at the age of 29, who moved to America from Castleton, England, in 1908
Some of the people with the surname Elson who settled in Australia in the 19th century included William Elson at the age of 24, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship “Florentia.” William Elson landed in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Florentia” in 1849
Here is the population distribution of the last name Elson: United States 3,698; England 3,425; Australia 771; Canada 1,075; South Africa 749; Wales 418; Germany 202; Tanzania 717; Brazil 1,479; Russia 162.
Andrea Elson (born 1969), is a famous actress.
Anita Elson (1898–1985) was an American dancer and musician.
Bob Elson (1904–1981), was a sports announcer.
David Elson was a referee.
Francisco Elson (born 1976), is a basketball player.
Jeremy Elson (born 1974), is a computer researcher.
Kate Elson (born 1979), is a model and film producer.
Elson Coat of Arms Meaning
The main device (symbol) in the Elson blazon is the eagle. The three main tinctures (colors) are argent, gules and azure .
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 1Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 2A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.
Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”3The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154
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 6A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure. 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” 7The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36.
Where the lion is undisputed king of the animals, the eagle undoubtedly plays the same role in the realm of the birds, its use in this form dating back to at least the Roman period 8A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Eagle. They tend to be illustrated in quite some detail, especially in continental European arms, and have almost as wide variety of postures and accessories as the lion, well illustrated in the reference 9A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P235-238 as well as being just the eagle’s head or eagle’s leg. The symbology of the eagle is deep and complex, Wade devotes several pages to the subject 10The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P72-74, but suffice it say that it has long been associated with Empire and those held in high honour – any armiger would be pleased to have any form of Eagle upon their arms!