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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

Where did the Irish laughlin family come from? What is the Irish laughlin family crest and coat of arms? When did the laughlin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the laughlin family history?

Before Irish names were translated into English, laughlin had a Gaelic form of O Lochlainn, which is derived from a Norse personal name.


The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the laughlin family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Loughlin, O'Loughlin, Loughnane and others.

First found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laughlin research. Another 270 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1281, 1300, 1789, 1819, 1828, and 1842 are included under the topic Early laughlin History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination . Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the laughlin family name:

laughlin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Laughlin settled in Virginia in 1654
  • William Laughlin, who arrived in Maryland in 1679

laughlin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adam Laughlin settled in New England in 1805
  • Adam Laughlin, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Ann Laughlin, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Benj Laughlin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Biddy Laughlin, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811

laughlin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Henry Laughlin, aged 25, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
  • Elizabeth Laughlin, aged 20, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
  • Jane Laughlin, aged 17, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
  • Peter Laughlin, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

laughlin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Laughlin, aged 43, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Fortune"
  • Sarah Laughlin, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • Winifred Laughlin, aged 16, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "David McIvor"

laughlin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Laughlin arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860
  • Patrick Laughlin arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875
  • John Laughlin, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884


  • Robert Betts Laughlin (b. 1950), American professor of Physics and co-winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Physics
  • William Robert "Billy" Laughlin (1932-1948), American child actor best known for playing the character Froggy in the Our Gang short films
  • Donald J. Laughlin (b. 1931), American gambling entrepreneur, hotelier and rancher
  • James Laughlin (1914-1997), American poet and literary book publisher
  • James Laurence Laughlin (1850-1933), American economist who helped to found the Federal Reserve System
  • Tom Laughlin (b. 1931), American actor, director, screenwriter, author, theologian,educator and political activist
  • William S. Laughlin (1919-2001), American anthropologist
  • James H. Laughlin (1806-1882), Irish-born, American pioneer of the iron and steel industry in Pittsburgh, co-founder of The Jones and Laughlin Steel Company in 1852
  • Ben Laughlin (b. 1982), Australian cricketer
  • John Bell Laughlin (1879-1941), Canadian politician, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1927 to 1932



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: Anchora salutis
Motto Translation: The anchor of salvation.


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