Danson (surname)

Danson (surname)

Danson is a surname of Scottish origin. The surname is derived from the name applied to a person who was either a dean, or resembled one. A dean in old terms, meant someone who was a church official. It was very prominent in the Berwickshire district of Scotland in the 16th century.

In those times it was spelled Deins, and the sons of a man bearing the name would continue the name as Deinson, the son of a Dein, or Dean.

At the time of the British Census of 1881 [1], its recurrence was high in Scotland, Durham and Northumberland. It can be found in counties situated in the north of England and parts of Scotland nowadays, with a few residents in Lancashire also holding the surname .

The surname Danson may refer to:


  • Alex Danson, a female English field hockey player, who has represented both Great Britain and England
  • Ernest Denny Logie Danson, known for his time in the 20th century, as the Bishop of Edinburgh
  • Sir Francis Chatillon Danson, a nobleman from Liverpool who was known for calculating potential liabilities for insurance of large ships
  • Mike Danson, an English entrepreneur who set up Datamonitor, a global company which researches the business market
  • Paul Danson, a retired English football referee from Leicester
  • Ted Danson, an American actor, known for his time in award winning TV comedy, Cheers
  • Yvonne Danson, an English long distance track runner, who holds various time trial records

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