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Lawrence is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from the name Lawrence. This name is in turn derived from the Latin name Laurentius, which literally means man from Laurentium, a town in Italy named for its laurels or bay trees. The popularity of this name in medieval Europe is due to the exploits of a saint who was martyred at Rome in the 3rd century.
The surname Lawrence was first found in Lancashire at Yealand-Redmayne, a township, in the parish of Warton, union of Lancaster, hundred of Lonsdale south of the Sands. "Yealand Hall, an ancient dwelling at Yealand-Storrs in the township, seems to have been possessed in the reign of Henry VIII. by the family of Lawrence, who held the manor of "Yeland-Redmayn" as of the manor of Warton." 
Lawrence has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Lawrence, Laurence, Lawerence, Lawrance and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lawrence research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1252, 1150, 1598, 1657, 1614, 1692, 1664, 1665, 1618, 1699, 1635, 1672, 1674 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Lawrence History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 133 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lawrence Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Lawrences to arrive on North American shores:
Lawrence Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Blackwell Lawrence, aged 16, landed in Barbados in 1635
- Dorothy Lawrence, aged 28, arrived in Barbados in 1635
- Jo Lawrence, aged 17, arrived in Barbados in 1635
- John Lawrence, who landed in America in 1635
- Maria Lawrence, aged 9, landed in New England in 1635
Lawrence Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Alice Lawrence, who landed in Virginia in 1701
- Richd Lawrence, who landed in Virginia in 1703
- Margt Lawrence, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
- Martin Lawrence, who arrived in Virginia in 1719
- Antho Lawrence, aged 36, arrived in Virginia in 1773
Lawrence Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Effingham Lawrence, who landed in New York in 1806
- Vincent Lawrence, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807
- Nathaniel Lawrence, who arrived in New York in 1809
- I F Lawrence, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1821
- I Lawrence, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822
Lawrence Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Eliz Lawrence, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- George Lawrence, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Saml Lawrence, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Mr. James Lawrence U.E. who arrived at Port 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
- Mr. Jesse Lawrence U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784
Lawrence Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Lewis Lawrence, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Benjamin Lawrence, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
- John Lawrence, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- Isabella Lawrence, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- George Howard Lawrence, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
Lawrence Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Sarah Lawrence landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
- H Lawrence landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1845
- Alfred Lawrence arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
- Charlotte Lawrence arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
- Wallace Lawrence arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
Lawrence Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century
- James Lawrence, aged 31, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
- J. Vinton "Vint" Lawrence (1939-2016), former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency paramilitary officer, member of the elite Special Activities Division
- Francis Leo Lawrence (1937-2013), American educator and French literature scholar, President of Rutgers University (1990–2002)
- Major-General Charles White Lawrence (1901-1982), American Commanding General of the 3700th Air Force Indoctrination Wing and Lackland AFB, Texas (1949-1951)
- Major-General Thompson Lawrence (1889-1973), American Commanding General 99th Division (1942-1943)
- Wendy Barrien Lawrence (b. 1959), former NASA astronaut with over 1,225 hours in space
- James St. Lawrence, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Suffolk County 2nd District, 1934
- J. H. St. Lawrence, American politician, Mayor of Pullman, Washington, 1896
- Joseph T. St. Lawrence (b. 1913), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1965-68
- Vicki Lawrence (1949-2004), American actress, comedienne and singer
- Major Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. (1935-1967), American Air Force officer and the first African-American astronaut
- The History of the Bemis, Perkinson, Fay, and Lawrence Families by Ted H. Bemis.
- From the European Continent to American Colonist & Citizen: the 275 Year History of the Lowrance (also Lawrence) Family in America by Gayford Radar Lowrence.
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- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Lawrence Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lawrence 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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