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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.

Slawson Early Origins



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.

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Slawson Spelling Variations


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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.

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Slawson Early History


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Slawson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Slawson research. Another 267 words (19 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.

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Slawson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Slawson Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

Slawson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Caroline Slawson, who emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • George E. Slawson, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Snenton, England, in 1907
  • Mary Slawson, aged 55, who emigrated 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.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Slawson (post 1700)


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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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    7. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    8. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. 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).
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    The Slawson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Slawson 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.

    This page was last modified on 23 November 2016 at 12:51.

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