The surname Lawson originates in Scotland and northern England. The name Lawson os of patronymic origin, meaning son of, or descendant of Law. The personal name Law is a Middle English pet form of Lawrence. The first written reference to the name was in 1327 when Richard Lawisson, is recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of the county of Cumberland. An early record of the name in the New World was Christopher Lawson, who is recorded as 'living at James Cittie, Virginia' on February 23rd 1624. Today there are 115,000 people with the last name Lawson living in The United States.
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