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.
Early Origins of the Slawson family
Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Slawson family
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Slawson Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Slawson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Slawson family to the New World and Oceana
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
Slawson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Slawson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Slawson (post 1700)
Historic Events for the Slawson family
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