lawhon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The many generations and branches of the lawhon family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a person who worked as a lawyer. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. The surnames of office, which include military, judicial, papal and other positions of authority, are widespread throughout Europe. Those who were involved in the military, or feudal armies, were given names such as the English surname Archer, the French name Chevalier and the German name Jeger, which means hunter. Names that were derived from judicial and papal titles, such as Bailiff, Squire and Abbott, are still commonly seen with the same surname spelling today.

Early Origins of the lawhon family

The surname lawhon was first found in Yorkshire, where the prominent Saxon landowner, Lagmann, was recorded in 1066. Lagmann held title to the thriving farming settlement of Wharram Percy in the 11th century. His sons, Alwold and Brictric Lageman, had settled on estates in Lincolnshire by 1066. During the reign of King John the family established themselves in Hampshire, where Hugo Lageman was registered in 1210. [1]

Early History of the lawhon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lawhon research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1246, 1273, 1273, 1279, 1379 and 1607 are included under the topic Early lawhon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

lawhon Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name lawhon were recorded, including Lawman, Laweman, Lawemon, Lawghman, Lagmann, Lageman, Lauman, Layamon and many more.

Early Notables of the lawhon family (pre 1700)

Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lawhon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the lawhon family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the lawhon family emigrate to North America: Peter Lawman, who sailed to the West Indies in 1697; Stephen Lauman to Pennsylvania in 1733; and Martin Lauman to Pennsylvania in 1746.



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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