The surname of GANSON is a variant of Gauson, a baptismal name 'the son of Gavin'. The name is found in Scotland, and early records there include Alexander Gawensone who gave a charter of a tenement of land in Nairn to his brother Donald Gawensone. The use of fixed surnames or descriptive names appears to have commenced in France about the year 1000, and such names were introduced into Scotland through the Normans a little over one hundred years later, although the custom of using them was by no means common for many years afterwards. During the reign of Malcolm Ceannmor (1057-1093) the latter directed his chief subjects, after the custom of other nations, to adopt surnames from their territorial possessions, and there created 'The first erlis that euir was in Scotland '.
At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour.
The name has many variant spellings which include Gaunson, Ganson, and Gawenson.
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