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Where did the Scottish Gawenson family come from? What is the Scottish Gawenson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gawenson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gawenson family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ganson, Gaunson, Gaweson, Gawenson, Gavenson and many more.

First found in Caithness (Gaelic: Gallaibh), the northern tip of Scotland, a Norse/Viking controlled region from the 9th century, which became the Earldom of Caithness, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gawenson research. Another 185 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gawenson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gawenson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Ganson settled in Pennsylvania in 1750.

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  7. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  8. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
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The Gawenson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gawenson 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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