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The Lawson family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from the baptismal name Law, which was a short form of Lawrence. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
Baptismal names are a form of patronymic surnames, and come from religious and vernacular naming traditions. In this case, the surname Lawson was originally derived from the given name of the father of the bearer.

Lawson Early Origins



The surname Lawson was first found in Yorkshire where some of the first records of the family were found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379: Willelmus Lauson, Henricus Laweson and Agnes Law-wyf. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
"The patriarch of the family was John Lawson, who temp. Henry II. was lord of Fawlesgrave, Yorkshire and from him the existing Baronet is lineally descended." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Further to the north in Scotland, the name was literally derived from "son of Lawrence." Early records include: "Richard Laurence of Byker of Lanarkshire who rendered homage to King Edward I in 1296; Richard Lawson, who was canon of St. Giles, Edinburgh, and laird of Grothill in 1370; John Lawson de Lyntoun, a tenant under Douglas in Linton in 1376; and Ady Lawsoun, a forestaller in Aberdeen in 1402. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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Lawson Spelling Variations


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Lawson Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Lawson include Lawson, Laweson and others.

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Lawson Early History


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Lawson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lawson research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1615, 1665, 1610, 1688, 1659, 1661, 1660, 1679, 1630, 1691, 1674, 1711 and are included under the topic Early Lawson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lawson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lawson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Sir Wilfred Lawson; Sir John Lawson ( ca. 1615-1665), English Naval Officer; Sir Wilfrid Lawson, 1st Baronet, of Isel (c 1610-1688) was an English landowner and politician, Member of Parliament for...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lawson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lawson In Ireland


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Lawson In Ireland



Some of the Lawson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Lawson were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Lawson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Christopher Lawson arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Lawson settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Christopher Lawson, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Lawson, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Chri Lawson, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lawson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaret Lawson, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Rota Lawson, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Claude Lawson, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Abraham Lawson, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Alexander Lawson, who landed in America in 1794

Lawson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Lawson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • James Lawson, aged 33, landed in North Carolina in 1812
  • Isabella Lawson, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Andrew Lawson, aged 26, landed in Tennessee in 1812
  • Anthony, Lawson Jr., aged 29, landed in Tennessee in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lawson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Lawson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • John Lawson, who arrived in Quebec in 1784
  • Ms. Elizabeth Lawson U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John West], New Brunswick, Canada c. 1784 she died in 1803 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Ms. Elizabeth Lawson U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John West], New Brunswick, Canada c. 1784 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Lawson U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John West], New Brunswick, Canada c. 1784 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lawson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Matthew Lawson, who landed in Canada in 1830
  • James Lawson arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ranger" in 1834
  • Jennett Lawson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1835
  • Peter Lawson, who landed in Canada in 1840
  • G Lawson, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Lawson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Lawson, a joiner, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Alexander Lawson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm
  • Jean Lawson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm
  • Mary Lawson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm
  • Robert Lawson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Superb" in 1839 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUPERB 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Superb.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lawson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Lawson landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • John Lawson landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Joseph Lawson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Robert Lawson, aged 29, a gardener, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Susannah Lawson, aged 29, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lawson Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century

  • Thomas Lawson, aged 36, a miner, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
  • Winifred Lawson, aged 9, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
  • Norman Lawson, aged 6, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lawson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lawson (post 1700)



  • Andrew Cowper Lawson (1861-1952), American professor of geology at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Alfred William Lawson (1869-1954), American professional baseball player, pioneer in the aircraft industry, founder of the Lawson Airplane Company, creator of Lawsonomy, an early health practice that included vegetarianism
  • Brigadier-General Laurence Augustus Lawson (1896-1951), American Commandant of the Army Air Force Training School (1942-1945)
  • Eddie Lawson (b. 1958), American former four-time Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champion
  • Ernest Lawson, American/Canadian painter and a member of The Eight
  • John Howard Lawson (1894-1977), American writer
  • Cecil Gordon Lawson (1851-1882), English landscape painter
  • Nigel Lawson (b. 1932), English Conservative politician
  • Denis Stamper Lawson (b. 1947), Scottish actor and director
  • Abercrombie Anstruther Lawson FRSE FLS (1870-1927), Canadian-born, Australian botanist, foundation professor of botany at the University of Sydney
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Lawson Historic Events


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Lawson Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. James Neil Lawson (1920-1941), Australian Supply Assistant from Sunshine, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Jack Lawson (b. 1920), English Cook (S) serving for the Royal Navy from Leeds, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Harold Fergusson Lawson, British Commander, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Cecil Graham Lawson, British Lieutenant Commander, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Percy Lawson, English First Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Thomas Lawson, English Trimmer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Lawson


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Suggested Readings for the name Lawson



  • The Descendants of John Henry Lawson by Mona Gee Lawson.
  • The Lawson Golden Book by Virginia Ruth Lawson Trent.

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Leve et reluis
Motto Translation: Arise and re-illumine.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUPERB 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Superb.htm

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Lawson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lawson 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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