Surname Saturday: Lawson

LawsonCrestThe Lawson surname has “truly ancient origins”, according to The Internet Surname Database (ISD).  Originating in the Holy Land, it was brought back to England and Scotland by the crusaders of the twelfth century in the form of “Lawrence”, and the baptismal name “Lawson” means “son of Lawrence”.  The earliest form of Lawrence used was simply “Law” and considered an endearing name.

According to ISD, there were at least seventeen coats of arms and all could be traced back to Richard III and “The War of the Roses”.  The arms suggested a “loyal person who lived by the sword, having no estates to support him.”  The Lawson surname appears to have been localized in the north, specifically Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumberland and Westmorland.

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