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Where did the English Dawson family come from? What is the English Dawson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dawson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dawson family history?Dawson is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dawson family lived in Westmorland (now part of Cumbria). The family was originally from Osonvilla, near Dieppe, Normandy, and it is from the local form of this name, D'Oson, which means from Oson, that their name derives.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Dawson has been recorded under many different variations, including Dawson, Daweson and others.
First found in Westmorland where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dawson research. Another 283 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1466, 1531, 1541, and 1607 are included under the topic Early Dawson History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Dawson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Dawson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 147 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Dawsons were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Dawson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Dawson Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Dawson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Dawson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dawson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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