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Origin of the Name Bryson

The origin of the name Bryson was found in the archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Bryson include Brisoun, Brison and Briceson. This is an old name of Norman origin meaning 'son of Brice'. This name is found throughout England, Wales and Scotland and is found in many ancient records. Examples of such are Duncan Briceson who was recorded as having being part guilty of the slaughter of Walter de Ogilvy, Sheriff of the Mearns, in the year 1392. A William Bryson was recorded as a Scots prisoner of war who was liberated from the Tower of London in 1413.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
In Ireland the name Bryson is an anglicized form of the Gaelic O'Muirgheasain sept name, the sept having been located in Counties Derry and Donegal. This name was originally changed to O'Mrisane and O'Morison before later being anglicized as Bryson and Briceson.
The Bryson coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Bryson descendants.
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