Lawson Lineage

MARY LAWSON, born about 1849, married John Hogan on 20 July 1866 in Mullagh, County Clare, Ireland

Research has not been completed.

Notes on the Lawson Name:  The surname Lawson is taken from ‘Law’ and denotes someone who is the ‘son of law’. The most likely source of the name is either from the name Lawrence believed to have originated from a person who lived near a laurel tree or from the Old English word hlaw meaning a hill and therefore a person ‘the son of who lived on or near the hill

Records indicate that the earliest use of the Lawson name was documented in the 14th century in Upper Littondale, Yorkshire, an area close to the present day villages of Litton and Arncliffe on the River Skirfare, a tributary of the River Wharfe. Surnames or ‘add-on’ names can generally only be traced back to this time in history when they were adopted in order to distinguish individuals of the same forename. From that time the surname was handed down from father to son and occasionally from mother to son.

It is believed that the Lawson name spread from this area to the remainder of Yorkshire and throughout several adjoining Counties in Northern England. Records also indicate that the Lawson name existed in Scotland from 14th century where it was most commonly found in Lowland Eastern Counties. In Scotland Lawson families have links with the McLaren Clan.

It is probable that more than one original source of the name exists. The Lawson name today is found commonly in all English speaking countries. There is evidence that the Lawson name was adopted from the European (mostly Scandinavian) name Larsen and similar surnames when emigration to the British Isles took place.

Possibly the best way in which to study the distribution of the name is to study the records of births during the earliest years after civil registration was introduced. This is by no means an absolutely accurate way of studying statistics because in this period not all births were recorded but the figures would represent a comparative value as presumably recording throughout the whole of England and Wales would have followed similar trends. The comparison again would be slightly distorted by virtue of the fact that some parts of a particular County would fall in a registration district which belonged in the main to another County. However, for the purpose of the study, the results do show definite trends and are therefore considered to be of value.

from the Lawson One-Name Study Project


Copyright © Hogans3 – All Rights Reserved – Daniel M. Hogan – dan@hogans3.org
NOTE:  As with any research, the above is subject to change.  If you have questions on my research, additions, corrections, etc., please feel free to contact me at dan@hogans3.org – I would love to hear from you.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s