Last name: Carson
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Thanks for your website....great work. Regarding the Carson surname, one publication on the origin of names says that the surname Carson came from the surname Carr, which originated from an old Norse word "Kiar" which meant "dweller at a marsh" that in Middle English became Carr. The surname Carson would mean "son of the dweller at a marsh". Among the Carson YDNA project participants, there are two predominant paternal origins that are not related to one another as far as a common Carson ancestor is concerned. The R1b haplogroup, which is referred to as of Western European origin, is very common in western parts of Europe and the British Isles (England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland). The I2b haplogroup is of a "Norse" or "Nordic" stock, and is a haplogroup common in Scandinavia. One theory is that it originated with the Norsemen/Viking settlers c700 a.d. because, other than the Scandinavian countries, it shows up most frequently in Britain, Ireland, Normandy, and some coastal areas of Europe along the Mediterannean into southeastern Europe. Some others speculate that the ancient Pict tribes in Britain were a Nordic stock from Scandinavia, which would be another source. It may be that the Carson surname evolved from more than one root word and location even though it's spelled the same. Thanks
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Carson is a Gaelic word that translates to "found in the marshes or wetlands". It's possible the the first Carson was a foundling, or that the family lived in the marshes.
A few miles from the sweetheart Abbey is a little town called "carsethorn " .it seems likely ,to me, that this is where the surname "carson " originated .we know that the Carson family "built the sweetheart Abbey ".the town was founded by Danish Vikings .
I like the reference to the Irish clan MacCarrghama which moved to the west borders of Scotland in the 9th Century from Galway, Sligo and Mayo. I have also seen a definition of Carson as son of Carr and there is a Carr in Tyrone where many Carson's went to settle with the plantations in Northern Ireland. My Carson relatives in Ireland today live 14 miles from this Townland (unit of land) called Carr. (Carr is pretty common as derivatives in all the place names with plenty in Mayo and Galway.
Naturally Americans will be creaming themselves at any suggestion of Irish or Scottish connections, which make it politically convenient to label this definitively 'Scottish' name even as its mysterious origins are conceded in the very next breath. We know Scots and Irish lay claim to anything that isn't nailed down, and I've seen before how this site panders to fashion, for all its many other attributes. Well Carson one HASN"T been nailed down, so caution is advised. That a name occurs in a particular country doesn't make it native, especially when the suffix 'son' could well incline us to infer a legitimate Scandinavian element.