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Where did the English lawler family come from? What is the English lawler family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the lawler family history?

The origins of the distinguished surname lawler are somewhat obscure. The name is most likely related to the Middle Dutch word "lollaerd," meaning "babbler of nonsense"; alternatively, it is possible that the name is connected to the early Middle English word "lollere," meaning "mumbler," a name applied to a pious person. "lawler" was substituted in the 14th century for "Lollard" as a description of the followers of John Wyclif, an English Bible translator who was condemned as a heretic.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Lollar, Loller, Lawler, Lawlor, Lawlar, Lollard and many more.

First found in East England, where the name is thought to have originated. The first known bearer of the name was Elfred le Lollere, who was recorded in the Cartularium Monasterii de Rameseia of Huntingdonshire in 1133.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lawler research. Another 272 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1133, 1279, 1322, 1808, 1821, and 1827 are included under the topic Early lawler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 30 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lawler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the lawler family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 131 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

lawler Settlers in the 18th Century


  • Eliza Lawler, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Margaret Lawler settled in Maryland in 1741
  • Elis Lawler, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Michl Lawler, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Darby Lawler settled in Boston in 1766 along with Betsy


lawler Settlers in the 19th Century


  • Patrick Lawler, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • James Lawler, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1820
  • Sarah Lawler, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Mary Lawler, aged 40, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin
  • Catherine Lawler, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin


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  • Chris Lawler (b. 1943), English former footballer from Liverpool
  • Elaine Lawler (b. 1973), English Queen in Ghana in 2006
  • Peter Augustine Lawler (b. 1951), British former chair of the department of Government and International Studies at Berry College
  • John Arthur Lawler (b. 1912), American aeronautical engineer
  • Ray Lawler (b. 1921), Australian playwright and actor
  • Feargal Lawler, Irish musician
  • Geoffrey John Lawler (b. 1954), British politician and public affairs consultant
  • Gregory Francis Lawler (b. 1955), American mathematician
  • John Jeremiah Lawler (1862-1948), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Rapid City (1916 to 1948)
  • Jerry O'Neil Lawler (b. 1949), American professional wrestler

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  • Lawler Family in America by Harold Henry Lawler.
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  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The lawler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lawler 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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