Rawson Family Crest & Shield


The ARMS (shield) is Gules (red), a four-square castle in perspective, with as many towers and cupolas, viz., one at each angle Argent (silver), standing in water Azure (blue). The CREST:..An raven's head erased Sable (black), guttee d'or, in the beak an annulet gold. Rawson of Stonyroyd and Halifax, Co. York, england NOTE:..Possibly descended from JOHN RAWSON, of Ingrow.

The Motto LAUS-VIRTUTIS-ACTIO (The Praise of Virtue is Action - or perhaps Virtue is Shown by Action)

Historiography:

Eight centuries ago, the expanding population of Europe necessitated the formulation of surnames in order to distinguish one person from another. Thus, the John who lived on the other side of the hill became John Overhill, and the John who baked bread became John Baker. The son of... added many sons to the end of names the same as in North countries. Spelling variations include: Rawson, Rawsone and others - possible origin of name Rawson as Ravenson.

First found in Yorkshire where they were seated from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Our ancestor Edward Rawson settled in Boston in 1630 and was the secretary of the Colony;