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Origins Available: English, Scottish

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

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The name lauderdale, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Lauderdale, Latherdale, Lawderdale, Lauderdall, Lauderdal, Lorderdale and many more.

First found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient no-man's land. Notable families such as the Percy, the Umfravilles and the Nevilles gathered many supporting clans around them. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. In that century, many of those clans drove their herds south, and they settled in Yorkshire and Lancashire. The name was first recorded in 1472 in Latherdale in West Berwickshire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lauderdale research. Another 237 words(17 lines of text) covering the year 1477 is included under the topic Early lauderdale History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early lauderdale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the lauderdale family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the lauderdale family, or who bore a variation of the surname lauderdale were

lauderdale Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Lauderdale settled in New York in 1812
  • Robert Lauderdale, aged 35, arrived in New York in 1812

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  • Jim Lauderdale, American singer and songwriter
  • Thomas Mack Lauderdale (b. 1970), American musician
  • Mandy Lauderdale, American cabaret singer
  • James Lauderdale (1780-1814), American military officer
  • Kevin Lauderdale, American science fiction author
  • John Maitland Lauderdale (1616-1682), Scottish statesman
  • Priest Lauderdale (b. 1973), naturalized Bulgarian professional basketball player


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  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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The lauderdale Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lauderdale 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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