Carson Family History
The family history of the ancient name Carson
was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.
Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.
Variants of the name Carson
include Corson and Corsan. This was the name of an ancient Galloway family of which the direct line died out in the late fifteenth century. They were provosts of Dumfries in Scotland for several generations and were prominent in the local affairs of Kirkcudbrightshire. The first known bearer of the name was Sir Robert de Carson, who witnessed a charter in the year 1270. This name is of Scottish descent spreading to Ireland, England and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are an Alicia Careson who was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire in the year 1379. The name is very prominent in Ulster Province in Ireland having been introduced there by settlers from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century.
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Carson