, with its skirl of bagpipes and colorful tartans is the homeland of the noble surname Larrain. In Scotland, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local
names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate.The Larrain family originally lived in the French province of Lorraine
, before moving to Scotland, where the name was passed down through many generations.
Early Origins of the Larrain family
The surname Larrain was first found in Northumberland
, where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Kirk Hall some say, from the time of the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 A.D. These estates were apparently obtained by the marriage of the Knight of Loraine to the del Strother heiress. However, it was a common practice of the powerful Border Clans
to have territories on both sides of the border and such was the case with the Loraines. They were also seated in Roxburghshire
in the eastern marches of Scotland
. Roger Loraine or Loren was the first of the name in Scotland
about the year 1200. This Roger was on an enquiry concerning piracy in the Irish Sea.
Early History of the Larrain family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Larrain research.Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1333, 1358, 1590, 1603, 1563, 1624, 1608, 1608, 1657, 1624, 1625, 1625, 1634, 1719 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Larrain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Larrain Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Loraine, Loraigne, Lorain, Loran, Lorane, Loreygne, Lorrain, Lorrane, Loren, Lorren, Lorraigne, Lorraine
and many more.
Early Notables of the Larrain family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was Henry II (1563-1624), known as "the Good (le Bon)", the Duke of Lorraine
from 1608 until his death; Nicole de Lorraine
(1608-1657), Duchess of Lorraine
and Bar from (1624-1625)... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Larrain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Larrain family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Lyman Lorain who settled in Virginia in 1635; James William Lorraine
landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1840; Thomas Loran settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1871..
The Larrain Motto
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: Lauro resurgo
Motto Translation: I rise again with laurel.