Clawson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Clawson is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from the baptismal name Klaus, or Niklaus (Nicholas). Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames. Furthermore, the suffix son was frequently added to such names which in this case would have been derived from son of Klaus or son of Nicholas.
Early Origins of the Clawson family
The surname Clawson was first found in Long Clawson, sometimes referred to as Claxton, a small village in Leicestershire. The village dates back to before the Domesday Book where it was recorded as Clachestone part of Framland Wapentake and held by Robert the Usher . As far as the surname is concerned, the first record of the name appears in Middlesex where they held a family seat as early as 1340. Clays le Taburer is mentioned as being Minstrel to the King and later, during the reign of King Henry IV the name emerged as Clayson in the form of Henry Clayson. By 1328 the name had migrated north to Scotland when Johanes Clayson was Chamberlain. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed.
Early History of the Clawson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clawson research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1336, 1407, 1364, 1370, 1370, 1373, 1380, 1392, 1382, 1389, 1392 and 1399 are included under the topic Early Clawson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Clawson Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Clawson has been spelled many different ways, including Clayson, Clawson, Claxson, Claison, Clason, Clisson and many more.
Early Notables of the Clawson family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Olivier de Clisson (1336-1407), a Breton soldier, distinguished himself at the Battle of Auray (1364), where he lost an eye in the fighting, and earned the nickname "Butcher" because his troops were ordered to take no prisoners, due to differences he went over to the side of Montfort's rivals (France), acquired the lordship of Josselin and began to build Josselin Castle (1370), an imposing new fortress with eight towers, joined Bertrand du Guesclin (1370), who had lately become constable of France, and followed him in campaigns against the English, including the Siege of Brest in...
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Clawson migration to the United States +
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Clawsons to arrive in North America:
Clawson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Tobias Clawson, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 
- William Clawson, who landed in Maryland in 1673 
- Derrick Clawson, who landed in Maryland in 1673 
Clawson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Abraham Clawson, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798 
Clawson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Arthur Clawson, aged 38, who settled in America, in 1893
- B. F. Clawson, aged 45, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
Clawson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Christoffer Clawson, aged 39, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1901
- Fern Clawson, aged 14, who landed in America, in 1903
- Edith Clawson, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1904
- Edith Clawson, aged 21, who settled in Hamilton, Ohio, in 1905
- Benj. F. Clawson, aged 54, who landed in America, in 1905
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Clawson migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Clawson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James Clawson, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Orient" from Belfast, Ireland
- Minnie Clawson, aged 18, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Orient" from Belfast, Ireland
- Edmund Clawson, aged 16, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
Clawson Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- David Victor Clawson, aged 26, who settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1919
Contemporary Notables of the name Clawson (post 1700) +
- Mike Clawson, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 9th District, 2000 
- L. F. Clawson, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1944 
- Israel R. Clawson, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Salem County, 1824-25 
- Isaiah Dunn Clawson (1822-1879), American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Salem County, 1854; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 1st District, 1855-59 
- H. Lloyd Clawson, American politician, Mayor of Royal Oak, Michigan, 1929-37 
- Delwin Morgan Clawson (1914-1992), American Republican politician, Mayor of Compton, California, 1957-63; U.S. Representative from California, 1963-79 
- Ken Wade Clawson (1936-1999), American journalist and public servant
- Augusta H. Clawson (d. 1997), American civil servant, and author of Shipyard Diary of a Woman Welder
- Adam Clawson (b. 1972), American slalom canoer
- John Richard Clawson (b. 1944), retired American basketball player
- ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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Suggested Readings for the name Clawson +
- 3248 "Lady Eleanor, or Begotten but Not Forgotten" by Francis A. Knaus, "Pi on the Floor" by Watson Swartz Clawson.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html