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The earliest origins of the name laurence date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name 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.

laurence Early Origins



The surname laurence 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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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laurence Spelling Variations


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laurence Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name laurence include Lawrence, Laurence, Lawerence, Lawrance and many more.

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laurence Early History


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laurence Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laurence 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 laurence History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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laurence Early Notables (pre 1700)


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laurence Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Thomas Laurence (1598-1657), an English churchman and academic, at the age of 16 he attended Balliol College, Oxford (1614); Sir John Lawrence (died 1692), an English merchant and politician, Lord...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early laurence Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name laurence or a variant listed above:

laurence Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Laurence, who arrived in Maryland in 1668
  • Daniel Laurence, who landed in Maryland in 1674
  • George Laurence, aged 31, landed in Maryland in 1684

laurence Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Fredrick Laurence, aged 26, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740

laurence Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johannes Laurence, aged 35, landed in Missouri in 1845
  • Mary Ann Laurence, aged 22, landed in New York in 1849
  • John Laurence, who arrived in Arkansas in 1882

laurence Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Laurence U.E. who settled in Augusta, Ontario c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Richard Laurence U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

laurence Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Laurence, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1835

laurence Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Laurence, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • Henry Laurence arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rob Roy" in 1865
  • W. A. Laurence arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celestial Queen" in 1870
  • William Laurence, aged 29, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
  • Elizabeth Laurence, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name laurence (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name laurence (post 1700)



  • Ann M. Laurence, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972
  • Margaret Laurence (1926-1987), Canadian novelist

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laurence Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The laurence Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The laurence 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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