The surname St. Lawrence is derived from the Old English personal names Lorens and Laurence, which were derived from the Latin name Laurentius. This name referred to a man from Laurentum, a town in Italy that was probably named for its laurels or bay trees. St. Lawrence, who was born in Huesca in Spain
, became a deacon of Rome and was martyred in 258 AD, during the persecution of Valerianus. He gained a large following throughout Europe.
Early Origins of the St. Lawrence family
The surname St. Lawrence was first found in County Clare
(Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster
, where the family have been seated since the year 1177 having been granted their original lands by Strongbow
, Earl of Pembroke, for the family's distinguished assistance in the invasion of Ireland
in the year 1172.
Early History of the St. Lawrence family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our St. Lawrence research.Another 321 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1503, 16 k, 1907, 1430, 1st , 1462, 1465, 1435, 1488, 1460, 1526, 1485, 1542, 1589, 1550, 1607, 1568, 1619, 1597, 1643, 1628 and 1671 are included under the topic Early St. Lawrence History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
St. Lawrence Spelling Variations
Medieval scribes and church officials spelt names simply the way they sounded, which explains the various name spelling variations
of the name St. Lawrence that were encountered when researching that surname. The many spelling variations included: St. Lawrence, St. Laurent, St. Laurence and many more.
Early Notables of the St. Lawrence family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family up to this time was Christopher St Lawrence (d.1430), 1st Baron
Howth; Christopher St Lawrence, 2nd Baron
Howth (died 1462 or 1465), an Anglo-Irish nobleman; Robert St.Lawrence, 3rd Baron
Howth (1435-ca.1488), Lord Chancellor of Ireland; Nicholas St Lawrence, 4th Baron
1460-1526), Irish soldier and statesman... Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early St. Lawrence Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the St. Lawrence family to the New World and Oceana
A great number of Irish families
left their homeland in the late 18th century and throughout the 19th century, migrating to such far away lands as Australia
and North America. The early settlers left after much planning and deliberation. They were generally well off but they desired a tract of land that they could farm solely for themselves. The great mass of immigrants to arrive on North American shores in the 1840s differed greatly from their predecessors because many of them were utterly destitute, selling all they had to gain a passage on a ship or having their way paid by a philanthropic society. These Irish people were trying to escape the aftermath of the Great Potato Famine: poverty, starvation, disease, and, for many, ultimately death. Those that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Irish settlers bearing the name St. Lawrence:
St. Lawrence Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Etiene St. Lawrence, who arrived in New York State in 1775
Contemporary Notables of the name St. Lawrence (post 1700)
- William Ulick Tristram St Lawrence (1827-1909), 4th Earl of Howth, who was created Baron Howth in the Peerage of the UK in 1881 and made a member of the Order of St Patrick in 1884
The St. Lawrence 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: Qui pense
Motto Translation: Who thinks