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Origins Available: English, Scottish


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The surname lauderdale was first found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient no-man's land. Notable families such as the Percy, the Umfravilles and the Nevilles gathered many supporting clans around them. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. In that century, many of those clans drove their herds south, and they settled in Yorkshire and Lancashire. The name was first recorded in 1472 in Latherdale in West Berwickshire.

The name lauderdale, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Lauderdale, Latherdale, Lawderdale, Lauderdall, Lauderdal, Lorderdale and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lauderdale research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1477 is included under the topic Early lauderdale History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early lauderdale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the lauderdale family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the lauderdale family, or who bore a variation of the surname lauderdale were

lauderdale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Lauderdale settled in New York in 1812
  • Robert Lauderdale, aged 35, arrived in New York in 1812

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  • James Lauderdale, American politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Walworth County, 1853, 1856
  • Clint Arlen Lauderdale (b. 1932), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Guyana, 1984-87
  • C. J. Lauderdale, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1960
  • Kevin Lauderdale, American science fiction author
  • James Lauderdale (1780-1814), American military officer
  • Mandy Lauderdale, American cabaret singer
  • Thomas Mack Lauderdale (b. 1970), American musician
  • Jim Lauderdale, American singer and songwriter
  • Priest Lauderdale (b. 1973), naturalized Bulgarian professional basketball player
  • John Maitland Lauderdale (1616-1682), Scottish statesman


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The lauderdale Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lauderdale 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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