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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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Where did the English Lane family come from? What is the English Lane family crest and coat of arms? When did the Lane family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Lane family history?

Today's generation of the Lane family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Lane family lived in Staffordshire. Their name is derived from the Old English word lanu and literally translates as dweller in the Lane.


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Lane include Lane, Lawn, Lone, Loan, Lain, Laine and others.

First found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lane research. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1591, 1675, 1630, 1644, 1660, 1662, 1660, 1663, 1663, 1667, 1667, 1675, 1609, 1667, 1661, 1667, 1651, 1626, 1689, 1651 and are included under the topic Early Lane History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 245 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lane Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Lane family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Lanes to arrive on North American shores:

Lane Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Alice Lane, who settled in Virginia in 1620
  • Alice Lane, who arrived in Virginia in 1620
  • Henry Lane settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Henery Lane, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Rachell Lane, who landed in Virginia in 1628

Lane Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Lane, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Jos Lane, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Henry Lane, who arrived in New England in 1706
  • Eliza Lane, who arrived in Virginia in 1711
  • James Lane arrived in Virginia in 1729

Lane Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Lane, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Mary Lane, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Mary Anne Lane, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Guat Lane, aged 28, landed in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Mary Ann Lane, aged 10, landed in Kennebunk, Me in 1830

Lane Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • L Mary Lane, who landed in Colorado in 1906


  • Priscilla Lane (1915-1995), American actress
  • Diane Lane (b. 1963), award-winning American actress
  • Burton Lane (1912-1997), American composer and lyricist
  • Eastwood Lane (1879-1951), American composer
  • Rose Wilder Lane (1886-1968), American author
  • Brigadier-General Arthur Willis Lane (1883-1983), American Commanding General Camp Roberts, California (1941-1943)
  • Francis Lane (b. 1874), American bronze Olympic medalist for 100m run during the 1896 games
  • Sir Allen Lane (1902-1970), English publisher
  • Sir Ralph Norman Angell Lane (1872-1967), English writer and pacifist
  • Geoffrey Dawson Lane (1918-2005), English judge



  • The Lane Robertson Families of Amherst County, Virginia by Lyle Keith Williams.
  • Lain (also Lane), Lowrance, Lorance, and Related Families by Nadine Lain.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Garde le Roy
Motto Translation: Guard the king.



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The Lane Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lane Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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