Show ContentsLavender History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Lavender is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a person who worked as the lavandierer, which was an ancient French word that referred to those individuals who worked as a launderer, washing clothes or raw wool. 1 2 3

Alternatively, the name could have been derived from lavender, the sweet smelling flower that had been used for centuries to freshen up clothes and homes. 4

Early Origins of the Lavender family

The surname Lavender was first found in Oxfordshire where Ysabelle le Lauendere was registered as holding lands at Oseney in 1253. A few years later, Ralf le Lavendere was listed in the Assize Rolls for Somerset in 1268 and Thomas Launder was a Freeman of York in 1331. 5

Early History of the Lavender family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lavender research. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1524, 1538 and 1752 are included under the topic Early Lavender History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lavender Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Lavender include Lavender, Lavendar and others.

Early Notables of the Lavender family

Notables of this surname at this time include:

  • Peter Lavender of Cambridgeshire

Lavender Ranking

In the United States, the name Lavender is the 3,968th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. 6

United States Lavender migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Lavender were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Lavender Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Lavender, who landed in Virginia in 1714 7
  • Captain Lavender, who settled in Boston in 1768
  • Robert Lavender, who arrived in Charles Town in 1772
  • John Lavender, who settled in Maryland in 1774

Canada Lavender migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lavender Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William Lavender U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 207 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA 8
  • Mrs. MaryLavender U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 305 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA 8

Australia Lavender migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lavender Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Lavender, English convict who was convicted in Worcester, Worcestershire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 9
  • Reuben Lavender, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia 10
  • Mr. William Lavender, (b. 1815), aged 19, Irish servant born in Westmeath, Ireland who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 27th September 1834, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1836 11
  • Michael Lavender, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 12
  • Mr. Mark Lavender, English convict who was convicted in Maidstone, Kent, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 27th August 1841, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 13

New Zealand Lavender migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lavender Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles B. Lavender, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Solent" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th July 1857 14
  • Edward Lavender, aged 23, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Lavender (post 1700) +

  • Robert E. Lavender (b. 1926), former American Justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court
  • Joseph "Joe" Lavender (b. 1949), former American football cornerback
  • Jody Lavender (b. 1979), American NASCAR driver
  • David Sievert Lavender (1910-2003), American historian and writer of the Western United States
  • Jimmy Lavender (1884-1960), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Jantel Lavender, American professional basketball player
  • Dr. Abraham D. Lavender (b. 1940), American professor of Sociology at Florida International University
  • Drew Lavender, American basketball player
  • George Lavender, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Limestone Springs, South Carolina, 1866-74 15
  • Deb Lavender, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives 90th District, 2012 15
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Thomas Lavender, British Musician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking 16

Suggested Readings for the name Lavender +

  • Lavendar & Cavendar by Lynn Spohr.
  • Tinsley (Lavendar) et al. by William Eldon Tinsley.

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