Show ContentsLarry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Larry family

The surname Larry was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area. "Laurieston in the parish of Balmaghie, stewartry of Kirkcudbright takes its name from William Kennedy Laurie, Esq., proprietor of the lands on which it is built, near Lochinbren, a sheet of water abounding with trout. " [1]

There are two other places named Laurieston in Scotland: an ecclesiastical district, within the jurisdiction of the city of Glasgow; and in the parish of Falkirk, county of Stirlinge village. Of the former, we can find no notes about the origin; of the latter, it was derived from "the name of Laurencetoun, of which its present appellation is a contraction." [1]

"This surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Lawrence.' In the Lowlands and on the Borders, popularly Lowrie or Laurie, whence the many North English and Scottish variations of this name. " [2]

"The name has been also explained, with still less probability; as from Scots lowrie, 'foxy'. The name of Gavin Lawrie, governor of New Jersey during the colonial period, is spelled in a letter quoted in The Haigs of Bemersyde as Lowry.' [3]

"Hence 'Lowrie-like,' having the crafty look of a fox. The full name Lawrence was also applied to the fox, proving that Lowry and Lawry are the true offspring of the name." [2]

Early History of the Larry family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Larry research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1687, 1683, 1686, 1677, 1671, 1677, 1669, 1640, 1653 and are included under the topic Early Larry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Larry Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lawrie, Laurie, Larrie, Larry, Laurie, Laury, Lawry, Lowrie and many more.

Early Notables of the Larry family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir Robert Laurie of Maxwelltown; Gawen Lawrie (died 1687), 2nd Deputy Governor of East New Jersey (1683-1686); Robert Laurie (died 1677), Church of Scotland prelate...
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Larry Ranking

In the United States, the name Larry is the 3,510th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Larry family to Ireland

Some of the Larry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Larry migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Larry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Larry, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765 [5]
Larry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Barry Larry, aged 16, who arrived in New York in 1812 [5]
  • Cornelius Larry, who arrived in New York in 1834 [5]
  • Jeremiah Larry, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [5]

Canada Larry migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Larry Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mrs. Larry, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778

Contemporary Notables of the name Larry (post 1700) +

  • Otis Larry Packwood (1927-2008), American politician, U.S. Attorney for Montana, 1969-75
  • John Larry Lolley (1945-2018), American jurist from Monroe, Louisiana; he served on the Louisiana Circuit Courts of Appeals from 2003 until his retirement in 2017
  • Wayne Larry Niederhauser (b. 1959), American Republican politician, Member of the Utah Senate from the 9th district (2006-) [6]
  • Adam Larry Timmerman (b. 1971), American retired NFL football guard
  • Robert Larry Mickey (1943-1982), Canadian professional ice hockey right winger
  • Steve Larry Woodard (b. 1975), American Major League Baseball former starting pitcher who played from 1997 to 2003
  • First Lieutenant Raymond Larry Knight (1922-1945), United States Army Air Force officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • J. Larry Snellings, American politician, Representative from Texas 18th District, 1994 [7]
  • C. Larry Greene, American Republican politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 7th District, 1980 [8]
  • Larry Jeff McMurtry (1936-2021), American Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winning novelist, essayist, bookseller, and screenwriter, best known for Lonesome Dove which was adapted into a television miniseries that earned 18 Emmy Award nominations, recipient of the National Humanities Medal in 2014

The Larry 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: Repullulat
Motto Translation: It buds afresh.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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