The earliest known of the name CORSON was Geraldine de Curzon who came to England with the Norman Conqueror in 1066. His descendants were in Derbyshire during the reign of Henry I (1100-1135), and many Curzon families are still living there to this day. The name was possibly derived from the place named Notre-Dame-de-Courson, in Calvados. This was the surname of an ancient Galloway family, of which the direct line died out in the late 15th century. Carsons were provosts of Dumfries for several generations, and were also prominent on the local affairs of Kirkcudbrightshire. The first known bearer of the name is Sir Robert de Acarson (or de Carson) who witnessed a charter, circa 1270. John Acarson and others took the castle of Dumfries from its garrison in the year 1305 and Donald Akarson petitioned the Pope in 1394 for a benefice in a gift for the abbot and convent of Holyrood. Michael Carson (canon of St. Rynyon) was granted a safe conduct to travel into England in the year 1445. Adam Corsan, merchant burgess of Dumfries is mentioned in 1665. Joseph Carson who was an early shipping merchant of Philadelphia in the United States, and an earnest supporter of the American Revolution, was born in Scotland. This Scottish surname is found principally in Ulster, where its heaviest distribution was in County Tyrone, and was brought to the province by settlers in the 17th century. A notable member of the name was Edward Henry, Baron Carson (1854-1935) the British politician and judge. He was born in Dublin and called to the Bar in 1880. He was the First Lord of the Admiralty in 1917, and a member of the war cabinet from 1917 until 1918.
Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.
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