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Mawson Coat of Arms / Mawson Family Crest

Mawson Coat of Arms / Mawson Family Crest

This surname MAWSON was a baptismal name 'the son of Matilda' an ancient and still used font name. Following the crusades in Europe in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, a need was felt for a family name to replace the one given at birth, or in addition to it. This was recognized by those of noble birth, and particularly by those who went on the Crusades, as it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. Early records of the name mention John Malteson, who was recorded in 1332 in County Surrey, and William Mawson appears in County Lancashire in the year 1382. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. Later instances of the name mention Thomas, son of Samuel Mawson who was baptised at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1692, and Edward, son of William Mawsom was baptised at the same church in 1703. The name was taken to Scotland by settlers and Robert Mawson appears as a witness in Perth in 1550. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasional individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country, such for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered in London and Granted in 1692.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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