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The name Rawson was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Norman given name Ralph. This name, which also occurs as Ralf, Rolf, and Raoul, is adapted from the Old French given name Raol.

Rawson Early Origins



The surname Rawson was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Rawson Spelling Variations


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Rawson Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Rawson, Rawsone and others.

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Rawson Early History


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Rawson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rawson research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1615, 1693, 1616, 1656, 1692 and 1849 are included under the topic Early Rawson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rawson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rawson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edward Rawson (1615-1693), English settler to America from Dorset in 1616, he served as the first Secretary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony; and his daughter, Rebecca Rawson (1656-1692), American heroine of the 1849 book "Leaves from Margaret Smith's Journal, in the Province...

Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rawson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rawson In Ireland


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Rawson In Ireland



Some of the Rawson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Rawson or a variant listed above were:

Rawson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Christo Rawson, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Christopher Rawson, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Edward Rawson (1615-1693) of Dorset, settled in Newbury in 1637, where he would becme the first Secretary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • Edward Rawson, who landed in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1637
  • Richard Rawson, who arrived in Maryland in 1678-1679

Rawson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Rawson, who landed in Virginia in 1701

Rawson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Rawson, aged 32, arrived in Rhode Island in 1812
  • William Rawson, aged 21, landed in Georgia in 1812
  • Robert Rawson, aged 26, landed in Virginia in 1813
  • H. N. T. Rawson, who arrived in San Francisco in 1822
  • James Rawson, who arrived in Mississippi in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rawson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Nathaniel Rawson, who landed in Anapolis (Annapolis), Nova Scotia in 1760

Rawson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Rawson, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  • James Rawson, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  • Soloman Rawson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848
  • John Rawson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1849
  • Thomas Rawson, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"

Rawson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Rawson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eastfield" in 1857

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rawson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rawson (post 1700)



  • Edward E. Rawson (1818-1893), American early businessman in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Donald Moses Rawson (1925-2014), American historian, faculty member at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, Dean of the Graduate School
  • Charles Augustus Rawson (1867-1936), American politician, Senator from Iowa in 1922
  • Francis George Rawson, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Nottingham, 1862-71
  • Edward S. Rawson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1908
  • Edmund G. Rawson, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Montgomery County, 1815-16
  • David P. Rawson (b. 1941), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda, 1993-96; Mali, 1996
  • Cyril Rawson, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Wyoming County, 1857-58
  • Charles Augustus Rawson (1867-1936), American Republican politician, Iowa Republican State Chair, 1912-20; U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1922; Member of Republican National Committee from Iowa, 1924
  • C. F. W. Rawson, American politician, Supervisor of Bedford Township, Monroe County, Michigan, 1851-53
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Laus virtutis actio
Motto Translation: The Praise of Virtue is Action


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Rawson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rawson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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