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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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The surname Slawson was 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.

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Slawson are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Slavin, Slaving, Slevin, Sleving, Slevan, Sleavin and many more.


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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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The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Slawson family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Slawson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


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

Slawson Settlers in 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 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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