The name lawleson was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from the baptismal name Law,
which was a short form of Lawrence. CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
Baptismal names are a form of patronymic
surnames, and come from religious and vernacular naming traditions. In this case, the surname lawleson was originally derived from the given name of the father of the bearer.
Early Origins of the lawleson family
The surname lawleson was first found in Yorkshire
where some of the first records of the family were found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379: Willelmus Lauson, Henricus Laweson and Agnes Law-wyf. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
"The patriarch of the family was John Lawson, who temp.
Henry II. was lord of Fawlesgrave, Yorkshire
and from him the existing Baronet
is lineally descended." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Further to the north in Scotland, the name was literally derived from "son of Lawrence." Early records include: "Richard Laurence of Byker of Lanarkshire who rendered homage to King Edward I in 1296; Richard Lawson, who was canon of St. Giles, Edinburgh, and laird of Grothill in 1370; John Lawson de Lyntoun, a tenant under Douglas in Linton in 1376; and Ady Lawsoun, a forestaller in Aberdeen in 1402. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the lawleson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lawleson research.Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1615, 1665, 1610, 1688, 1659, 1661, 1660, 1679, 1630, 1691, 1674, 1711 and are included under the topic Early lawleson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
lawleson Spelling Variations
lawleson has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name lawleson have been found, including Lawson, Laweson and others.
Early Notables of the lawleson family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Wilfred Lawson; Sir John Lawson (ca. 1615-1665), English Naval Officer; Sir Wilfrid Lawson, 1st Baronet
, of Isel (c 1610-1688) was an English landowner and politician, Member of Parliament for... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lawleson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the lawleson family to Ireland
Some of the lawleson family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the lawleson family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first lawlesons to arrive on North American shores: Christopher Lawson arrived in Virginia in 1623; Lettice Lawson settled in Virginia in 1638; Thomas Lawson settled in Virginia in 1623; Charles, Christopher, David, George, Henry, James, John, Joseph, Samuel, Thomas and William Lawson, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..
The lawleson Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Leve et reluis
Motto Translation: Arise and re-illumine.