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

Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Slawson originally appeared in Gaelic as O Sleibhin or O'Sleibhin, derived from "sliabh," which means "mountain," and was a symbolic name for the Chief of this Clann.

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Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Slawson family name include Slavin, Slaving, Slevin, Sleving, Slevan, Sleavin and many more.

First found in Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Slawson research. Another 267 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Slawson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Slawson name:

Slawson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • George Slawson, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1637

Slawson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Caroline Slawson, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Ida S. Slawson, who landed in America, in 1892

Slawson Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Vina Slawson, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • George E. Slawson, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Snenton, England, in 1907
  • Mary Slawson, aged 55, who emigrated to America, in 1911
  • William Slawson, aged 24, who settled in America from Dalkeith, Scotland, in 1912
  • Thomas R. Slawson, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1922


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  • Stephen Michael "Steve" Slawson (b. 1972), retired English professional footballer


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The Slawson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Slawson 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.

This page was last modified on 17 December 2012 at 16:21.

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