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Surname meaning/Origin - Mitson
« on: Monday 06 April 09 12:41 BST (UK) »
 ??? ???Can anyone help me to find the meaning of the surname Mitson?

I have tried every search I can think of - visited 100´s of websites offering this service, but NOT ONE of them has a meaning/origin for it!! ???

Thanks in advance
micknyve
Harryman - Kent,
Rothwell - Lancs,
Pope - Somerset/Kent,
Roser-Sussex/Kent,
Ralph - Kent,
Winstanley - Lancs.,
Small - Kent,
Woods - Suffolk/Kent,
Reader - Kent/London
Bentley - London/Middx
Breese - Norfolk
Wearne - Cornwall/London
Upton - Wrotham
Neale - Gravesend

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Re: Surname meaning/Origin - Mitson
« Reply #1 on: Monday 06 April 09 12:59 BST (UK) »
It should mean son of Mit, whoever he was! Have you tried genealogy today my surname?
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Re: Surname meaning/Origin - Mitson
« Reply #2 on: Monday 06 April 09 13:03 BST (UK) »
Thanks for that!! Quite obvious really!! but I would appreciate a more in depth reply!!

Yes, I have tried that site - to no avail.

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Harryman - Kent,
Rothwell - Lancs,
Pope - Somerset/Kent,
Roser-Sussex/Kent,
Ralph - Kent,
Winstanley - Lancs.,
Small - Kent,
Woods - Suffolk/Kent,
Reader - Kent/London
Bentley - London/Middx
Breese - Norfolk
Wearne - Cornwall/London
Upton - Wrotham
Neale - Gravesend

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Re: Surname meaning/Origin - Mitson
« Reply #3 on: Monday 06 April 09 13:20 BST (UK) »
Surnames of England and Wales website run by Office of National Statistics shows there were 500 Mitsons in England and Wales in 2002 when the data base was compiled. I have heard of it once, in Louth Lincs. Have you tried the Society of Genealogists?
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Re: Surname meaning/Origin - Mitson
« Reply #4 on: Monday 06 April 09 13:37 BST (UK) »
Yes I have tried there also - my family came from Norfolk - there seem to be quite a few there during the census periods!
Harryman - Kent,
Rothwell - Lancs,
Pope - Somerset/Kent,
Roser-Sussex/Kent,
Ralph - Kent,
Winstanley - Lancs.,
Small - Kent,
Woods - Suffolk/Kent,
Reader - Kent/London
Bentley - London/Middx
Breese - Norfolk
Wearne - Cornwall/London
Upton - Wrotham
Neale - Gravesend

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Re: Surname meaning/Origin - Mitson
« Reply #5 on: Monday 06 April 09 13:42 BST (UK) »
Just a thought, which may be nothing at all. In Lincolnshire there is a very rare surname -Answer. Origin unknown, but it proved to be a variant of the Derbyshire surname Ensor. Is it feasible that Mitson is a variant?
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Re: Surname meaning/Origin - Mitson
« Reply #6 on: Monday 06 April 09 13:49 BST (UK) »
I would say it is more than possible, considering the history of Norfolk, what with the Romans, Angles, Saxons and Dutch influences to name but a few!

I am sure someone out there - possibly with a copy of the Oxford Names Companion - can help me!
Harryman - Kent,
Rothwell - Lancs,
Pope - Somerset/Kent,
Roser-Sussex/Kent,
Ralph - Kent,
Winstanley - Lancs.,
Small - Kent,
Woods - Suffolk/Kent,
Reader - Kent/London
Bentley - London/Middx
Breese - Norfolk
Wearne - Cornwall/London
Upton - Wrotham
Neale - Gravesend

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Re: Surname meaning/Origin - Mitson
« Reply #7 on: Monday 06 April 09 14:41 BST (UK) »
I have the Oxford Names Companion in front of me and there is no mention of Mitson! ???

I have looked throughout the book and there is nothing much to go on  :-\....... however as a location name, places like Mitton ('farmstead where two rivers join') and Mitford ('ford where two streams join')  have the connotation of being places at the meeting of two rivers or streams. Mit comes from the Old English mythe basically meaning confluence, and I doubt very much if you are the 'son of the two rivers' (Bilbo Baggins) or something similar ;D.........

As a surname however, the nearest I think I can get is the Old Scottish (Aberdeen) form of Mi(t)chieson and the book makes reference to Michie, which cutting a long story short basically means son of Michael.

I have found within my own family history research that names often get muddled up and mis-spelt so perhaps over the passing of time either by accent or mis-spelling your surname no longer represents what it was originally. I have no idea whether that might be correct (and I am very happy to be corrected by anyone in the know) or not, but I hope that this info is a little helpful. :)

I also looked up Ensor but there is no variation of that for anything and certainly not Mitson.

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Re: Surname meaning/Origin - Mitson
« Reply #8 on: Monday 06 April 09 14:44 BST (UK) »
Oh dear!  Well thank you very much for looking it up for me. I shall wait and see if anyone else can help!
Harryman - Kent,
Rothwell - Lancs,
Pope - Somerset/Kent,
Roser-Sussex/Kent,
Ralph - Kent,
Winstanley - Lancs.,
Small - Kent,
Woods - Suffolk/Kent,
Reader - Kent/London
Bentley - London/Middx
Breese - Norfolk
Wearne - Cornwall/London
Upton - Wrotham
Neale - Gravesend