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Origins Available: Borderlands, English
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. 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.
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.
First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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.
Another 135 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lawson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Lawson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Margt 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
Lawson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Willm Lawson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Ms. Elizabeth Lawson U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John West], New Brunswick, Canada c. 1784 she died in 1803
- Ms. Elizabeth Lawson U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John West], New Brunswick, Canada c. 1784
- Mr. John Lawson U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John West], New Brunswick, Canada c. 1784
- Mr. John Lawson Jr., U.E. who settled in Ameliasburgh [Prince Edward County], Ontario c. 1784
Lawson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Matthew Lawson, who landed in Canada in 1830
- James Lawson arrived in Saint John 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 arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839
- Jean Lawson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839
- Mary Lawson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839
- Robert Lawson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Superb" in 1839
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
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
- 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
- Mr. Thomas Lawson, English Trimmer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Mr. Percy Lawson, English First Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Cecil Gordon Lawson (1851-1882), English landscape painter
- Nigel Lawson (b. 1932), English Conservative politician
- The Descendants of John Henry Lawson by Mona Gee Lawson.
- The Lawson Golden Book by Virginia Ruth Lawson Trent.
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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- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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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