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Lawson Family History

Lawson Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: patronymic from Law 1. Americanized form of Swedish Larsson.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Larson, Dawson, Lamson, Ladson, Bason, Clawson, Pawson, Rawson

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Where is the Lawson family from?

You can see how Lawson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lawson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lawson families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 2,657 Lawson families living in Yorkshire. This was about 21% of all the recorded Lawson's in the UK. Yorkshire had the highest population of Lawson families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Lawson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Lawson ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Lawson. 7% of Lawson men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Lawson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lawson were Retired and Housewife.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    7%
  • Farmer
    3%
  • Gardener
    3%
  • Retired
    2%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    67%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
  • Private Means
    2%
  • Housewife
    2%
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Census Records

There are 683,000 census records available for the last name Lawson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lawson census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 89,000 immigration records available for the last name Lawson. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 104,000 military records available for the last name Lawson. For the veterans among your Lawson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lawson lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Lawson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Lawson in 1941 was 46, and 72 in 2004.

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