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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.

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The surname Lane was first found in Staffordshire where the family claim descent from De La Lane as listed in the Roll of Battle Abbey. [1] This source continues "a family illustrious in history for the part they took in the preservation of King Charles II. After the battle of Worcester, Col. John Lane, head of the house, received the fugitive Prince at his mansion of Bentley, whence his Majesty was conveyed in disguise by the Colonel's eldest sister, Jane Lane, to her cousin Mrs. Norton's residence in Bristol. This loyal lady received after the Restoration an annual pension of 1,000 for life. Her brother, the cavalier Col. Lane was granted the especial badge of honour, the arms of England (three lions passant guardant on a red field) in a canton for his efforts." The Royal Crown in the crest also bears to the family's recognition as does the family motto which translates as "Guard the King."Bentley Hall [in Bentley, Staffordshire], the ancient manor-house of the Lane family, is distinguished as the residence of Colonel Lane. The Hall is a neat building standing on an eminence." [2]

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.


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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.

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

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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.

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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 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 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 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 United States in the 20th Century


  • L Mary Lane, who landed in Colorado in 1906

Lane Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Hugh Lane in Salvage, Newfoundland in 1681

Lane Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Edward Lane in St. John's in 1706
  • Wm Lane, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Eliz Lane, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ephraim Lane, who arrived in New Brunswick in 1783
  • Mr. Henry Lane U.E. who arrived atPort Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 445 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA


Lane Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Juliana Lane, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • James T Lane, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Peter Lane, aged 17, a clerk, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale
  • John Lane, aged 37, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale
  • Ann Lane, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Providence" from Cork


Lane Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Lane, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Benjamin Lane, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Elizabeth Lane, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Mary Ann Taylor Lane arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Robertson" in 1839
  • Charles Lane arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840


Lane Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Elizabeth Lane, aged 20, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Anne Lane, aged 25, a domestic servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1850
  • Major Lane arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • Fanny Lane arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • Henry Lane arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860


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  • Louis Gardner Lane (1923-2016), American Grammy Award winning conductor
  • Anthony Samuel "Tony" Lane (1944-2016), American art director for Rolling Stone magazine
  • Daniel Crosby Lane (1766-1830), American politician, Delegate to Indiana State Constitutional Convention, 1816; Indiana State Treasurer, 1816-23; Member of Indiana State Senate, 1827-30
  • Richard Gautier "Dick" Lane (1927-2015), American politician, Member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1966 to 1984, eponym of the Dick Lane Bridge over the Chattahoochee River
  • Francis Lane (b. 1874), American bronze Olympic medalist for 100m run during the 1896 games
  • Brigadier-General Arthur Willis Lane (1883-1983), American Commanding General Camp Roberts, California (1941-1943)
  • Rose Wilder Lane (1886-1968), American author
  • Alfonso Lane, American politician, Member of Iowa American Independent State Central Committee, 1971
  • Albert C. Lane, American politician, Mayor of Glendale, California, 1945-47
  • Alan Lane, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 18th District, 1923

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  • The Lane Robertson Families of Amherst County, Virginia by Lyle Keith Williams.
  • Lain (also Lane), Lowrance, Lorance, and Related Families by Nadine Lain.
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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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  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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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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