Slawson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. This is "the name of a branch of the Cenél Eoghain in Ulster. Some families of the name settled in Co. Westmeath." [1]

Another notes a slightly different Gaelic spelling of the name: O'Sliabhain, which has the same meaning "mountain." Like many other Irish families, they claim descent from Colla da Crioch, one of the most famous Heremon Kings of Ireland. [2]

Early Origins of the Slawson family

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.

Early History of the Slawson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Slawson research. Another 134 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Slawson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Slawson Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Slawson family (pre 1700)

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

Slawson Ranking

In the United States, the name Slawson is the 11,629th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]


United States Slawson migration to the United States +

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 United States in the 17th Century
  • George Slawson, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1637 [4]
Slawson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Caroline Slawson, who immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • George E. Slawson, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States from Snenton, England, in 1907
  • Mary Slawson, aged 55, who immigrated 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Slawson (post 1700) +

  • A. Wayne Slawson, American composer and professor
  • Spike Slawson, American punk rock musician
  • Brian Slawson (b. 1956), American percussionist, arranger and composer, best known for his Grammy-nominated recording, Bach On Wood
  • Stephen Michael "Steve" Slawson (b. 1972), English professional footballer who played from 1991 to 1997

HMS Royal Oak
  • Walter Slawson (1916-1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [5]


  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
  2. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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