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Where did the Scottish law family come from? What is the Scottish law family crest and coat of arms? When did the law family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the law family history?In the ancient Scottish-English border region, the ancestors of the name law lived among the Boernicians. They lived near a hill. law is a local name, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. There are many different categories of local surnames, some of which include: topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. law is a topographic name, and it comes from the Old English word, hlaw, which means hill.
Spelling rules only evolved in the last few centuries with the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries. Spelling variations are extremely common in names from before that period. law has been spelled Law, Lawe, Lawes and others.
First found in Northumberland, where they were lords of the manor and seated from very ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our law research. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1671, 1729, 1686, 1761, 10 w, 1595, 1662, 1602 and 1645 are included under the topic Early law History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 151 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early law Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the law family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
After making their great crossing, many Boernician-Scottish families settled along the east coast of North America. When the War of Independence broke out, United Empire Loyalists moved north to Canada while the rest stayed to fight. The ancestors of many of these Scots still populate the continent. This century, through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations, they began to rediscover their collective national heritage. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name law or a variant listed above:
law Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
law Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
law Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: Compositum jus fasque animi
Motto Translation: A mind which respects alike the laws of mutual justice and of God.
The law Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The law 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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