Last name: Lawson

This is a surname of truly ancient origins. It originates in the Holy Land in so far as the etymology of the surname is concerned, being 'brought back' to England and Scotland as 'Lawrence' by the 12th century crusaders. In its earliest form as 'Law', it was a nickname of endearment, and as such had great popularity in the medieval period. The earliest origination of the name at all is pre-Christian, being derived from Laurentum, the town in Italy famous for its laurel trees. For reasons unclear, Lawson is very much a north country surname. There are no less than seventeen coats of arms, all but one were granted to northern nameholders, and all seem to be associated with the Lawson family of Brough Hall, Yorkshire, whose origins are traceable back to the time of Richard 111, and 'The War of the Roses'. Their coat of arms, which is believed to be the original grant, has the blazon of a silver field, charged with a chevron between three martlets, all black. These arms suggest a loyal person who lived by the sword, having no estates to support him. However as in later years the family addresses included Nesham Abbey, Durham, Longhirst in Cumberland, Boroughbridge Hall, Cairnmuir in Peebles, Scotland, etc, one has to assume that the family fortunes improved over the centuries. Early recordings include Henry Laweson in the Poll Tax Rolls of Yorkshire for the year 1379, whilst one of the very earliest settlers into the New American colony of Virginia Christopher Lawson, recorded as 'living at James Cittie' in that state, on February 23rd 1624. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Lawisson, which was dated 1327, in the Subsidy Rolls of the county of Cumberland, during the reign of King Edward 111, known as 'The father of the Navy', 1327 -1377. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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LaFaye Lincoln

i know the crests look similar but you have to remember its the basic version. but the names do not mean the same. if you can prove that one name is the same as the other ( legal documentation) then i would be most interested in this document. EXAMPLE:(I have found that Deighton and Dayton are not the same. a Dayton woman married a Deighton man. ( legal marriage document proved it.)

LaFaye Lincoln

This is my link to the Lawson's as far as i have researched starting with my Grandfather's Mother. Elizabeth ann Lawson, (bottom of list) John Lawson Jr (1335 - 1374) My 17th great grandfather William John Lawson (1365 - 1414) (son of John Lawson Jr) William Lawson (1395 - 1480) (son of William John Lawson) Thomas William Lawson (1440 - 1489) (son of William Lawson) William Lawson (1480 - 1518) (son of Thomas William Lawson) James Lawson (1500 - 1547) (son of William Lawson) Edmund Lawson (1520 - 1551) (son of James Lawson) Ralph Lawson (1547 - 1623) (son of Edmund Lawson) Robert (John) Lawson Twin (1575 - 1655) (son of Ralph Lawson) Rowland Lawson (1617 - 1661) (son of Robert (John) Lawson Twin) John Rowland Lawson (1644 - 1706) (son of Rowland Lawson) John Lawson (1690 - 1761) (son of John Rowland Lawson) Moses Lawson (1736 - 1776) (son of John Lawson) Richard Moses Lawson (1770 - 1849) (son of Moses Lawson) Jacob Moses Lawson (1801 - 1885) (son of Richard Moses Lawson) Jacob Barnette Lawson (1842 - ) son of Jacob Moses Lawson Elizabeth Ann Lawson (1868 - 1949) (daughter of Jacob Barnette Lawson) Clarence Barnett Lincoln (1890 - 1983) (son of Elizabeth Ann Lawson)

latrine lawson

Hi my name is latrine Helena lawson I'm 25 years old and live in great Yarmouth Norfolk England, I'm trying to trace my dad's side of my family his name is Richard lawson, the last I knew he lived London also had a brother called Richard and a sister called Sarah lawson, apart from that, that's all I know but I would love to trace them and get in contact I have 2 young boys wick have never met their family as well as myself it's like a needle in a hay stack :/

katrina lawson


Joyce Lawson

My father is Richard Lawson. His father, Dale Francis, was born in 1895 in Davis County Iowa. I have no idea when this part of the Lawsons actually entered the US, but my dad's family (all very good storytellers) tell this story about how their ancestor Sir Stokely Lawson sailed with Henry Hudson and was part of the mutiny. Anybody able to shed any light on this? By the way, I have red hair and freckles, although no one else in my family does.


The red hair and freckles comes from a very weak gene that is rare to get. You just happened to have parents who had that somewhere from members that may have had it generations ago.

timmy lawson

I never new this about my family all I konwis we are a very large Irish/Scottish family well known.

timmy lawson

In those countrys

Jennifer Lawson
My father, John Lawson, is from Elizabeth, NJ. His parents came through Ellis Island from Scotland in the 1920s. My dad is an only child and his father died when my dad was 3 or 4. So we either lost touch with the rest of the Lawsons, or my grandfather was an only child too, I don't know, but besides my immediate family, I have no other known relatives named Lawson. I'm assuming I do somewhere, most likely in Scotland, but I have no info on them.

Cheryl Lawson
From Michigan. Father: Terry Olen Lawson. Grandfather: Olen Lawson from Athens Tennessee. Olen had relatives named Eva Ruth & Florence Lawson. That's all I know- never had the chance to meet any of them- (except my dad.) Do know we are Scottish/Irish descent.

Connie Lawson
From Ontario, Canada. My Dad's grandfather Thomas Lawson was listed on census forms circa 1890 in Dufferin Cty, Ontario, Canada .. lived in the Terra Nova/Duntroon/Creemore area. Have no idea where he came from, though origin was listed as Scottish. Could possibly have emigrated from America or came directly from Scotland ??? I have met several Lawsons through the yrs but no relation that we know of. I actually have very few close relatives. Planning a trip to Scotland in 2017 for my 50th birthday. I am fascinated by the country, it's the only place I want to travel to in this big old world. It is calling my name :)

Russell Lawson
From what I understand, my dad who is a Lawson went to Scotland on vacation and asked around about Lawson's, and the feedback he got was we are notorious cattle thieves on both sides the border, generally around Yorkshire. It's twice as awesome as saying you're descendants were pirates. I've done extensive research on the types of english there are, and Lawsons were defiantly there before any sea invasions, and were for sure cattle people who ate boar, rabbit and pigeon too, lookup Border Terrier Dog, it's what we bred and look like as a dog. My interest is rediscovering my origin's diet, because I find it far easier to digest and I feel fully nourished. An additional note, some in my Lawson side of the family, including myself still have their wisdom teeth, this is a clue that says we did not eat grain, those who had their wisdom teeth removed is because their ancestors bred heavy grain consumption into their genetics, which doesnt need a large jaw to process (so their jaw shrank)

Tyler Lawson
I'm a Lawson in Washington State, USA don't know much about my dad side of the family

Steven Lawson
I am one of the Stokes County NC Lawsons

one who lives by the sword from my research

I hear the surname changed from lawson to lawless

garry lawson
im from ayrshire in scotland,ive tried to search my family tree with no success either

David Hamilton

I'm from Ayrshire too. My mother's maiden name is lawson and I know little to nothing about her side of the family. Other than her father was Thomas lawson and lived in barmil.

nicole garcia
My grandfather is chester o. lawson born in 1925 in missouri, married irma jean jarvis in 1945. i have been trying to create a family tree but have been unsuccessful

Jeramie lawson sr.
My grandfather was Leonard Ralph lawson from missouri.

Carla Lawson
My grandfather was Anderson Lawson of Liberty, Kentucky. Apparently his grandfather populated a large portion of Virginia with Lawsons as he had twelve children. I hope to trace the family branch back and see if it originated in Scotland or even Norway,


What county is that? I'm related to the Lawson's from Clay County descended from Allen Lawson. }Finley Lawson} Homer Lawson to me Teresa.

Hailey Lawson
My uncle is Timothy lawson he died last year but they last name Lawson is a long generation

Spencer lawson
Thats pretty cool!

Amanda lawson
My great great grandfather is Wiley Eliza Lawson from Stillwater Oklahoma. I am of African American descent. There is a page on Facebook for our family tree if you're interested take a look perhaps you'll be fine some family you never knew you had. Good luck!

Beth Larsen
My Great-Grandmother's name was Bertha Lawson she was born April 26, 1883 and lived most of her life in Michigan. She married Thorwold Larsen who was born April 22, 1881 and came to the US from Denmark. They had a son (my Grandfather) named Gerald Larsen on January 6, 1918. I don't know where Bertha was originally from (possibly Michigan) and I don't know of a death date. Anyone know anything about Bertha Lawson?

Anthony Lawson
My grandfather, Bruce Lawson, was in the United States Air Force. He married Thelma Breed, from England. I currently live in Virginia, but grew in in Charleston, South Carolina.

My father was another Bruce Lawson from Ohio...


My Lawson family is from Kentucky. My grandfather, Finley Lawson, fathered a child out of wedlock in Ohio & he would be in his 60's. My grandmother being the saint she was kept in touch with this child & his mother. No one can remember his name. My dad, Dr. Homer Lawson, had no other living siblings (this would be a half sibling). Any clue as to how to find this lost uncle? Thank you!

Michael Lawson
I can trace my family back to William Lawson - A Scottish Rebel Birth: June 26, 1731 at Montrose, Scotland Battle of Culloden, Scotland April 16, 1746 Transported to the American Colonies Aug 5, 1747 Montgomery Co.VA. Militia Sept. 13, 1777 Battle of King’s Mountain, S.C. Oct.7, 1780 Death: APR. 18. 1826 in Snowflake, Scott Co, VA. No one I have seen who who posts an online tree for William Lawson The Rebel and states his parents gives a real source for such parents. Any real source for Wm’s parents would have to come from Scottish or English records from the 1700s. I have yet to hear from any Wm Lawson researcher who has found additional info. I live in Virginia and would be interested in hearing from others,Thanks

Hello there my grandmother maiden name is Lawson and live in Virginia. She is Irish, German, Cherokee and some other race. I never met any of her family members since she married African American man. It would be nice if you are a family member.

Barb Lawson (Lawson Family Heritage Program)
There has been no parents for William Lawson (1731) known as "The Rebel". All current postings of such have no proof. Please see rootsweb tree of our LFHP host Patti Lawson:

ID: I00086 Name: WILLIAM LAWSON Sex: M Name: William Lawson Sr. Birth: 26 JUN 1731 in Scotland- Montrose?

trevor lawson
Hi there are alot of lawsons in canada im a decedant of alexandre Lawson whos father was william but not sure if he is the rebel william or not

Daniel Lawson
Hey i have traced it back to him as well so maybe we are related to each other!!! I live in South Carolina and I only just figured this out becuase my uncle research this and he has a McLaren/Lawson Clan insignia as a tattoo on his arm. SO we might be related someway!

Wm Scott Brown
Hello Michael, I too descend from William and more specifically his son Travis. The interesting thing, to me, is that as I'm reading all the comments/ replies here, I'm finding that so many of the other Lawson's here followed the same course as my family. I too was born in California (now living in Wyoming) after my Lawson family traveled from Virginia across the country. Again, very interesting and fun to find additional family!

Lanie Wood

WIlliam Lawson is mentioned in the the book " A Brief History of the Wood Family of Virginia". It's the book all the Lawson researchers used to determine his Scot origins as a Jacboite. From there a research group called " The Lawson Heritage Program" went to Scotland/England to locate his prison records. Its true, they could never seem locate his parents names. Early Scots and English used a "naming pattern" when naming children, and I could never discern why this group didn't look at Lawsons children's and grandchildren's names for clues. For example , Lawsons daughter Sarah married Henry wood and their children have middle names that are surnames that can't be found in the Wood in the Wood family. Such as Tolbert and Milligan and Roberts.

Sharon Lawson
I had no idea that there were so many Lawson's out there. It's weird, I've never met or known anyone else by the name Lawson. I live in Oregon, but was born in California in 1952. My parents and grandparents moved to California from Missouri in the 40's. My people came from there and Kentucky, Virginia and originally from Scotland and Ireland. Our people are scattered all over the world. It's nice to find a place where some of them gather to connect. Nice to find all of you!

Hi Sharon: There are a lot of Lawsons in the Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia area. They settled that part of the country and owned tobacco lands. It's odd, when I was in the military, I met more African American Lawsons, than I did white. There are reported to be over 40 black families that upon emancipation, they took the name of their owner family.

My mother's maiden name is Lawson. Our family is from New Jersey and Virginia. Although my mom is African American, she has red hair and freckles so that definitely sounds like Scottish/ Irish.

garry lawson
haha im from scotland and im ginger as we say lol


I am a red head as well! Freckles! My dad had blonde hair as a child then brown as an adult but if he grew a beard or mustache he always had many red hairs mixed in! He turned white headed right at 33! Not gray, but a beautiful white head of hair! He died in 2008 at age 65. Miss him every day!

nicole garcia
My grandparents were from mo. They got married in 1945. Im not sure of when they moved to California but it was sometime between the 40's and 50's Chester lawson and irma jean lawson(jarvis)

I am told that my grandpa has brothers in New York, Virginia, maybe even North or South Carolina. Not sure. My grandpa lives in Boston, Massachusetts right now. His name is Timothy G Lawson. His sister was Phyllis Lawson and he had a sister named Jerry. If anyone thinks there related. I would like to be contacted. Thank you.

My name is Cindy Lawson, father was Kenneth R. Lawson, he was born in SC, lived mostly in NC

Hi are there any Lawson that lived in Virginia, New York or Boston area. If so contact me. Thank you.

M. Lawson
My father was Henry Lawson from Brooklyn, grandfather Wm. Lawson from NY City,g.grandfather John H.Lawson from NY City and gg grandfather Wm. Lawson from NY City. Wm's(GG grandfather) wife was Anna McKiernan from Ireland. All these men married Irish so I believe these Lawsons are of Irish descent.

Hi, I'm Dremea Lawson from Ohio. My grandfather Hud Lawson was from Kentucky or so I am told. Would love to find out more but can't even find great grandfathers name. If anyone can elaborate e-mail

My father was from Ohio/Kentucky: Bruse Adams Lawson (1919-1987). There are a lot of Lawsons in that area.


My Lawson family is also from Kentucky. Where in KY are you from? My grandfather, Finley Lawson, fathered a child out of wedlock in Ohio & he would be in his 60's. My grandmother being the saint she was kept in touch with this child & his mother. No one can remember his name. My dad, Dr. Homer Lawson, had no other living siblings (this would be a half sibling). Any clue as to how to find this lost uncle? Thank you!

Deborah Lawson
Our father's father's Family, was thought to be of ENGLISH/SCOTTISH.


I'm a Lawson from Yorkshire in England

Hi, my name is Lisa Lawson, born in Bartow, Florida, I am told my family originates from Scotland.

Hi, my name is Lisa Lawson, born in Bartow Florida, though I'm told my family has Scottish origins.

Stacey Lawson Preble
Hi! My name is Stacey Lawson, born in Lima Pennsylvania. I am told my family origins are Irish but everything I find traces back to Scotland....

Hilary Southgate (nee Lawson)
I was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne uk, interesting so many of us come from the north.My dad is from Newcastle and my mum from Haydon Bridge.

Alan Bowe
Hi Hilary, I also am a descendant of the Lawsons'. Mine originated in Swaledale and Wensleydale, but many moved to Durham and Northumberland. I'd be pleased to know anything about your ancestors to compare infos and see if we are related. Maybe a long shot, but who knows......? Alan Bowe

Gerald Lawson
I should have details of your family in my various databases which are part of my Lawson study worldwide. These databases contain over 330,000 individual records covering births, deaths, marriages, baptisms, census and more records. Please take a look at my web site or e-mail me at for more info.

Gerald Lawson
I should have details of your family in my various databases which are part of my Lawson study worldwide. These databases contain over 330,000 individual records covering births, deaths, marriages, baptisms, census and more records. Please take a look at my web site or e-mail me at for more info.

Diane Lawson
Wow it's so interesting hearing of all the Lawsons out there in this small world. My name is Diane Lawson from Dundee Scotland, mother Winnifred and Father Stanley Edward Inches(dec) would love to hear from any rellies out there. I now live in Australia

Michael K. Lawson
I encourage all Lawson surnamed males to visit the web-site and submit samples for genetic marker testing.


Why only male Lawson's. isn't it easier to use matriarchal DNA?

John Graham Lawson
Further to Lawson's in the Northumberland/Newcastle area of England, there is a connection with the Lawson-Batey Steam Tug Boat Company which plied on the Tyne, many moons ago. I cherish a book of matches with the name on. So widely dispersed are we, so who moved first?

Michael K. Lawson
I'm looking for anyone who has any data on an Isaac Lawson, born about 1791. I can't trace him back past the 1840 U.S. census.

Tonye Lawson-Jack
Lolz I knew we where many buh nt this many lmao.....I'm Tonye Lawson-Jack from Nigeria

Antonio Lawson
My name is Antonio Lawson, my Grandparents name are Sammie Lee Lawson and Ester B Lawson but we are black...and are from Arkansas and Tenn...Trying to trace my roots.

Cedric Lawson
Sammie and Ester are also my grandparents.There are so many grandkids,I sometimes loose count.Who are your parents.

Pamela Lawson
Antonio, my grandfather's name was Hardie Lawson, and he was from Texarkana, Texas. He married a Sarah Waker from Ozan, Arkansas. We are black.

My grandmother is a Lawson we are african american as well, we live in North Carolina, but a majority of the Lawson that we know live in New York, New Jersey, maryland, etc. I am on here looking for the ones we don't know to spread the word of our upcoming Lawson Family Reunion. Do you have any relatives in NC?

Hi Katrina, I too have relatives in North Carolina as well as NY, New Jersey and Maryland. Tell me more about your family reunion

My father is a Lawson. I just know we have family running around in NM, TX, OR, and NC among other places

Ron Lawson
My family is from Hobbs, New Mexico and all over Texas.

Tracy Lawson
I live in Kingston, Ontario, but my father was born in Aberdeen Scotland and came to canada when he was 14yrs old with his parents. We are also part of the McLarren clan and have been trying find more relations to my family besides his 2 brothers and their children.

Hannah Lawson
We believe (by doing internet research) that our ancestry and name is associated with Clan McLarren, too. We may be related to you, and it'd be a little cool to talk to a relative on the *internet*, ha-ha.

Barbara Gregory
Hi, I'm Barbara from Texas. We (my sisters and I) started researching my father's ancestry. We've hit a road block at the start. My father was adopted by my german grandparents. My father was born June 23 1925 in Kansas City MO. The name on birth cert is Chas Joseph Lawson. His mother was swedish, age 25, brown hair & eyes, 5'5" tall, weight 125. His father was irish, age 29, light hair with blue eyes, 5'9" tall, weight 160, and was a mechanic. This is all we know. If anyone has any information or knowledge please let me know.

Amy Lawson
My name is amy lawson family is of the kcmo and arkansas lawsons...i recently mey a lot of new lawson family in neosho Missouri that linked to my grandmother Lulu bell Lawson

Jennifer Lawson
I'm a Lawson from Missouri, KCMO and Springfield don't know much of my history at all.

Jason Lawson
I'm jason lawson .....and i am from afro Caribbean origin now i see where the slave masters name come from could be in my blood too...

Colin Lawson
Lawson right here! :D Born in Texas!

Tequilla Lawson
Andrew Cowper Lawson is the discoverer of the San Andreas Fault and he was born in Ireland. I'm not sure if he has any relation to me but I thought that was pretty cool.

Kathy Carroll
My GGG Grandfather was Richard Lawson, born in VA, married Mary Campbell in TN. This line stays in TN, except Mary, she goes to Missouri to live with her daughter Matilda. Richard died in 1852 and is buried in Cleveland, TN. I would love to find out what Jacob (Rev war) and Richard's relationship was. Richard was born in 1790. I have everything from Richard to present. So yes, some of you MO people are my kin : )

Windell Lawson
My father was Jerrell Lawson, his father was Hugh A. Lawson, and his father was Hugh Esker Lawson. They're all from White County, Arkansas. My dad always told me that we were Dutch Irish. Does anyone have any information on this?


I have a cousin in Indiana named Wendell Homer Lawson. The Homer is after my Kentucky born dad, Dr. Homer Lawson.

Larry E. Lawson
It's so good to see all of you Lawsons taking an interest in your family history. It's so addictive once you get started. You start to feel a bond or a connection to all these people. I do know we all have some of the same traits, I never knew a Lawson that didn't like to party and have a good time,I always thought we were a bunch good ole boy's or hillbilly's. It's nice to know we came from good stock. I was amazed at all the Knights, Baron's, and Counts. I had no Idea. I feel like I know all of you. Keep on researching and put the information out there. Your descendent and relative Larry E. Lawson


It takes hard working, smart people to live in those hills! My Lawson's are straight from Appalachia & are what you could call hillbillies! My dad was smart enough to educate himself & go where the jobs were! He never ever looked down on his less fortunate relatives but always did what he could to help & encourage all of them along! He earned his doctorate & won many awards & held many positions of power & that's his legacy! He left this world in better shape than it would have been without him in it! He was an K-12 educator & the best dad in the world! Nice to meet you! I'd love to hear about your Lawson's! Teresa

Rodger Lawson
Hi my name is Rodger McNee Lawson. Date of birth 24/04/1941 in South Africa. My father was Robert Lawson from Carnoustie in Scotland. Grandfather George Lawson and Grandmother Betsy/Elizabeth Will/s.Married in Monifieth 7th December 1877. We have a number of relatives in the USA that we do not know.

Peter Lawson
I live in Macclesfield, Cheshire. In Macclesfield, there is a large elderly persons complex called Harry Lawson court; Harry was my father and flew in bomber command during world war 2; his Wellington bomber was shot down and he was the only survivor of the crew of 5, although he suffered severe burns. There are still a lot of people in macclesfield who associate the name Lawson with him.


That is a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing! You must be & should be very proud of your dad! Blessings be upon you! Teresa Lawson

Donna Lawson
wow! so many Lawson families,Who Knew? I'm Donna Lawson, my family is from Independent City, Maryland,USA Great,Great grand father Bennett Riley Lawson, his son, Joseph Lawson, his son Benjamin Joseph Lawson,his son,my father, Benjamin Joseph Lawson Jr. and my late brother Benjamin Joseph Lawson III I can't seem to find any records before that.

Anna Marie Lawson
I'm a Lawson as well. I was born in Bethesda, Maryland and I am Lawson my father's side. He was James Stanley Lawson and his father was Raymond. I have a name that appears to have been passed down on both sides of my family if I am to believe my Mom and my dad's mom. It's Anna Marie

Anna Marie Lawson
We could be related. I was actually born in Maryland (Bethesda) My father was James Stanley Lawson.

My grandmother name was Anna Maria Lawson

Katrina Benton
Are you african american?

Sarah Lawson
Hi!! :) My name is Sarah Lawson and I am from Dundee in Scotland. I am at uni and chose to do a course on family history but I have always been interested in my family tree. I have just begun to research into this further and saw all of you writing on here and was amazed at how many of us there are. I also did not know that our name originated from other names. This is awesome!! If I find out any of you are related to me I will be getting in touch hahah!! I know that my Dad's Dad has an Irish middle name so I'm not sure if that means we have some Irish ancestors but I am hoping to find out soon :)

Ian Lawson
Hi Sarah. I was born in Dundee to William Lawson and Eileen Wallace (April 20. 1953). My Lawson ancestors are buried at Abernyte, just west of Dundee. James was my grandfather (d 1970) and Alexander was my great grandfather (d 1934). My family immigrated to Canada in 1953 when I was 3 years old.

Ian Bruce Lawson
Hi Ian my name is Ian Bruce Lawson and I live in Victoria, BC Canada. My great grandfather, James Hill Lawson emigrated from Dundee to this city in 1862 with his brother William Hill Lawson. Their father was William Lawson. Their grand father was William and their great grandfather was David Lawson who was married to Barbara Allan. Everyone before David was born in Dundee. We are holding a 150th year reunion of arriving in Victoria, BC Canada this weekend and will be hosting a number of distant relatives from as far away as Newfoundland, Canada. Maybe their is a connection. I was born in 1951. Cheers Ian

Catherine Rolfsen
Hi Ian, I work with CBC Radio in Victoria and we'd love to talk to you about your family's 150th. Could you give me a call at 250-414-4704. Thanks, Catherine

Anne Lawson
My father was William Lawson,his father was Charles Lawson from Dundee.I was born 1952 in Irvine.Grandmother was from Ireland.My oldest brother migrated to N.Jersey around 50years ago therefore his family are in U.S.A I live in Australia.Any info?Anne

Delbert Lawson
My Lawson history is in Chattanooga, Tenn. Lived on Lookout Mtn. I now live in Florida. Turn 70 this year and starting to be interested in my family history.

My grandfather Charles came from Dundee,married an Irish girl.My father was William.I am told I have relies in Dundee.Who knows.My oldest brother moved to the states 50 years ago and his family are there.I am in Australia.I was born 1952.

Sam Lawson
Have followed a Lawson Line all the way back to William the conquerer!

Iona Morgan Lawson

My family live in Dundee and always have until my gran and grandad moved down to Scotland and would like to kno w anymore about or family

Kip Lawson
My name is Kip Kenneth Lawson. Born in California. I know I have Irish, Scottish, English, German and Dutch heritage. I now that my great great grandparents came from Missouri in covered wagon. Before that I don't know yet. Good info. Thanks

Larry E. Lawson
Kip, My name is Larry E. Lawson, I live in St. Louis Mo. and have been doing research on my family. Did find some research that may help you. One of my ggggrandfathers had a brother named Ambrose who went to Missouri. Most of the Lawsons went back to Hawkins Tenn. and Stokes County N.C. Hope this helps you. By the way, my fathers name is Kenneth Lawson from Kentucky.


Where in Kentucky? County? My Lawson's are from Manchester, KY which is in Clay County. It's a very impoverished area. Many have moved to find jobs. Some are there but their last names are not Lawson bc they are descended from my 2 great aunts who married a Marcum & a Hubbard.

Larry E. Lawson
My name is Larry E. Lawson. I'm originally from Kentucky but have lived in the St. Louis area for the past 25 years. I have been doing research on my family and cannot connect a Burrell Lawson who was in Hawkins Tenn. born somewhere around 1770? to a Jacob Lawson born 1761 and was a revolutionary war pensioner also was in Hawkins Tenn. If I can connect these two men then I can trace all the way back to Brough Hall and back to about 888A.D. If anyone has any information would truly appreciate it thanks.

Christina Lawson
So cool! I'm a Lawson on my father's side and a Patterson on my mother's (Patterson has it's roots in Scotland, I understand). Oddly enough, they're both septs of clan MacLaren!

Amanda Holmes
Hi I was trying to find out more of my family background. My great grandparents were Hugh Lawson and Sarah Lawson ( surname Smiley ). The both lived in ireland and I believe they moved to North America around 75 years ago. 1930- 40. If anyone has information please let me know.

BD Smiley
Dear Amanda Your great grandmother (Sarah) was my grandfathers sister .This is what I know Sarah had two brothers James 1880. and David 1882 .and two sisters Millie1888 and Martha 1895 both I think were spinsters and stayed in Ireland. their parents were David Smiley 1855-1911 And Sarah Lawther 1851_1921 All were born in Glastry Down Northern Ireland

trudie lawson
Trudie Lawson from Edinburgh Scotland with family spread out as far as Australia and Arizona,although all originating from Edinburgh.

Kelly Lawson
Kelly Lawson live in Missouri just started researching engaged to descentant from Scotland wonder why reminded me similar to my father.

Ron Lawson
I'm from Arizona, it would be great if I was related to you.

Christean Lawson
Chrissy Lawson.. And have no clue what ethnicity my name is from.... Im guessing Irish.. I like to drink lol

K Connelly
Im curious of the name from a different point of view. I come from the family of Connelly. We've been in Texas since it was still Mexico. However, we've been in the USA going back to the revolution (that's as far back as I can trace it). In Texas, all the small towns in that region are names Dublin, Cork and other Irish names. Texas is unique in that regions of the state have very deep German, Irish, Bosnian and other European specific towns. Our family names are repetitive. My grandfather was named Lawson William Connelly. I named my son after him. Lawson has never fit for me as a first name so I'm curious over it's origin and how it ended up in my family.


Maria Lawson (maiden name )
Hi Edwin ,My late Granfather James Lawson was born in Fife I think about 1922 .As a child I visited my Grandmother's sister Sadie ,but no family of my Grandfather .I am starting to trace my family tree , first with my Mother side as there are no Scottish records for my Fathers side on the website that I am using ,but later will go to the Lawson side . i wonder how many of us are related !

Jacob Lawson
My great-great grandfather, Joshua Lawson was a sheriff in 19th Century California. Definitely a man who lived by his name.

Sarah Cottingham
My great grandad was Samuel william Lawson. born in Beverley 1878 no father around or named. A single child (not very common in those times) and lived at railway cottages in Beverley, East Yorkshire. Here is the black sheep part of the tale... He was educated at Beverley Minster (cathedral) School. We know there is mystery surrounding who paid for the education and why he went to that school in 1883. He married a Sarah Clarke who was from scarbrough. They moved to York. If anyone has information to help please let me know!!!!


Candy Brennan

My Great grandfather's name was Edwin Eugene Lawson (b. abt. 1863) in Missouri. Was a Pinkerton Detective in Chgo., & at Panama Canal. Married Maggie Sherin in 1887 in Chicago. My grandmother born in 1888, then both parents disappeared, leaving baby in care of Maggie's mother. Any hints?

Elizabeth Lawson
I'm glad I finally can setle my life's hisory. :) 14 and interested!

i am 88 years young and my grandmother BERTHA LAWSON came from THE ISLE OF MAN. trying to find ant relatives in the family tree

Daniel Lawson
My great grandfather is reputed to be from the Isle Of Man. During the mid 1840s he and brothers immigrated to Canada and two brothers were lost getting to shore.

Scott Richard Lawson
Update..I have recieved further information within my family line that suggests my Great Great grandfather was William Wellington Lawson. Born 1820. died in 1884 but there is no info on where he came from..

Scott Richard Lawson
My name is Scott Lawson, my grandfather( Guy Oscar Lawson) lived in Kingston ,Nova Scotia and originally was born in the Guysborough county area. The name of my Great Grandfather is unknown however. If anyone may have any further information...please post

Alexandra Ainsworth
I have been attempting to trace back the Lawson line in our family. My great, great, great grandmother was Mary Lawson, daughter of Peter Lawson who - from what I can find, immigrated to Halifax Nova Scotia and was born in Auchterarder Scotland in the mid 1700s. Anyone else have any Lawson ancestors who arrived via Nova Scotia??

Melissa Lawson Hernandez
I have noticed that all Lawsons have the same sense of humor. I find it quite interesting. God Bless!

Melissa Lawson Hernandez
Well Im a Lawson and my grandparents were from Mo. and went to OK then to CA. I heard we were from Ireland. Trying to figure it out.

Mike Lawson
I am another Mike Lawson and I know of Lawson Coats of Arms that Irish as well.


If you visit England there are a lot of business names called Lawson! It's everywhere! I have been to Ireland, Northern Ireland & Scotland. The Scottish tried to act like Lawson wasn't a Scottish name when I know it very well is! I still want to go to Wales! I can say that my soul felt most at home in Northern Ireland!

Mike Lawson
My Dad was from Springfield Mo. greene county I believe. I traced it back to the MCclennen name and thats all I know

One with the word law in his name is bound to break it.

S w.lawson
i am also Lawson and very proud to be but im not sure were we got the name because my fami;y is not scotch or english and we are very dark featured look more Mediterranean so if anyone has any ideas

Joseph. G. Lawson
I am a Lawson and i have similar looks to the ones you described... i am a quarter Dutch but not much else other than english... I live in the west midlands of England, and i have always traveled alot so i always put it down to that. It will be interesting to see your view.

Tequilla Sue LAWSON
Oh yeah! i live in ohio, usa. my family which are also lawsons live in Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia, and Tennessee, Usa. im not sure where we really come from for sure...


Where in Kentucky?!

Tequilla Sue LAWSON
W00t!! im a Lawson too!! um if anyone finds any better websites about our origin could you comment?

John Graham Lawson
As John Graham Lawson, born in Hawick, I am a mix of two border clans the "Lawson" clan and the "Graham" mob. I hope one day to trace our family back as far as possible. This is not helped by there being, thousands of Lawsons through the ages. My son has now have added to the Lawsons in Australia by my Granddaughter and Grandson. Incidently Australia's greatest poet is Henry Lawson, unfortunately derived from Larrson! Still any claim to fame.

jay lawson
im jordan lawson and im 12 its so awsome

Jorden Lawson
LOL. COOL. I'm Jorden Lawson.

Matthew David Lawson
I've always been skeptical of Lawson being an English surname in origin. It just never quite added up, Lawson has always been more associated with the Lothian and Border regions of Lowland Scotland. The name however, comes from Clan MacLaren which in Scottish Gaelic means the same thing. At some point in Scottish history, probably the 14th century, you have the two names coexisting in Scotland but in two very different regions. This is probably the same time that the Lawson family began expanding to Northern England which is the only region of England with a large Lawson Presence. The oldest I've found is a Richard Lawesone from Lanarkshire who signed the Ragman Rolls in 1296. Also go to and click on the 'Articles' tab so see their explanation as well.

Earl Lawson
I am a Lawson I would like to find out how you traced it back that far

Cat Lawson
I have always been wanting to know more about my dad's side. My dad's side of the family is NOT family orriented at all!! They don't know much about the family. Only that my grandpa was full bohemian.

Vonda Lawson-Rosa
I am a Lawson from my Father's side - our Lawson's traveled to Texas and settled in Grassland originally. My great grandfather is Alfonso Almedo Lawson married to Alice Maye Smith. We come from Thomas Nelson Lawson...can trace my Campbell roots across the pond, but not sure which direction my Lawson side took - English or Scottish or both1