law History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In the ancient Scottish-English border region, the ancestors of the name law lived among the Boernicians. They lived near a hill. law is a local name, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. There are many different categories of local surnames, some of which include: topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. law is a topographic name, and it comes from the Old English word, hlaw, which means hill.

Early Origins of the law family

The surname law was first found in Northumberland, where they were lords of the manor and seated from very ancient times.

Early History of the law family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our law research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1671, 1729, 1686, 1761, 10 w, 1595, 1662, 1602 and 1645 are included under the topic Early law History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

law Spelling Variations

Spelling rules only evolved in the last few centuries with the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries. Spelling variations are extremely common in names from before that period. law has been spelled Law, Lawe, Lawes and others.

Early Notables of the law family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was John Law (1671-1729), a Scottish economist, Controller General of Finances of France under King Louis XV; William Law (1686-1761), an Anglican priest from Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire who is honoured on April 10 with a...
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Ireland Migration of the law family to Ireland

Some of the law family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 70 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States law migration to the United States +

After making their great crossing, many Boernician-Scottish families settled along the east coast of North America. When the War of Independence broke out, United Empire Loyalists moved north to Canada while the rest stayed to fight. The ancestors of many of these Scots still populate the continent. This century, through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations, they began to rediscover their collective national heritage. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name law or a variant listed above:

law Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Law who settled in Virginia in 1643
  • Andrew Law, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1654 [1]
  • John Law, who arrived in New England in 1661 [1]
  • Abra Law, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [1]
  • Alexander Law, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
law Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Law, who settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1719
  • Anna Law, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1756 [1]
  • George Law, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1763
  • Mungo Law, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1764 [1]
  • Andrew Law, who settled in Maryland in 1774
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
law Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Law, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • William Law, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Robert Law, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • Margaret Law, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 [1]
  • Mary Law, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada law migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

law Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Law, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Michael Law, who landed in Anapolis (Annapolis), Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Captain Law, who arrived in Quebec in 1784
  • Mr. John Law U.E., "Campbell" who settled in Sophiasburgh and Ameliasburgh [Prince Edward County], Ontario c. 1784 [2]
  • James Law was married at St. John's, Newfoundland in 1786 [3]
law Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Henry Law was a fisherman of Burying Place, Newfoundland in 1871 [3]

Australia law migration to Australia +

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

law Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Law, English convict who was convicted in Essex, England for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. James Law, English convict who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 27th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Law, Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 27th August 1841, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Michael Law, aged 38, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington" [6]
  • Catherine Law, aged 17, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington" [6]
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New Zealand law 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:

law Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Law, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Phoebe" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 18th April 1843 [7]
  • Robert Law, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1844
  • Miss Mary Jane Law, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gipsey" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 25th October 1854 [8]
  • Mr. John Law, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Dinapore" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 5th August 1857 [8]
  • Mrs. Anny C. Law, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Dinapore" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 5th August 1857 [8]
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Contemporary Notables of the name law (post 1700) +

  • David Jude Heyworth Law (b. 1972), known as Jude Law, an English Tony Award and Laurence Olivier Award nominated actor, film producer and director, perhaps best known for his role as Dr. John Watson in the Sherlock Holmes films
  • Bernard Francis Law (1931-2017), American cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop emeritus of Boston
  • Katrina Law (b. 1985), American actress, known for her roles in Snow Bride (2013), Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010) and 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out (2003)
  • Evander McIver Law (1836-1920), American author, teacher, and Confederate general in the American Civil War
  • Acie Law IV (b. 1985), American professional basketball player
  • John Phillip Law (1937-2008), American film actor, known for his role in the science fiction cult classic Barbarella (1968)
  • Specialist Four Robert David Law (1944-1969), United States Army soldier and recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Arthur J. Law (1906-1987), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Pontiac, Michigan, 1953-54; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives, 1959-72 [9]
  • Anna Law, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1952 [9]
  • Allen Law, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Kentucky auditor of public accounts, 1955 [9]
  • ... (Another 56 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Master Jack Law (1906-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Calgary, Alberta, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [10]
  • Mr. Ernest Law (1877-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Calgary, Alberta, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [10]
  • Mrs. Margaret Law (1876-1914), née Haythornthwaite Canadian Second Class Passenger from Calgary, Alberta, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [10]
HMS Cornwall
  • Edward Verdun Law (d. 1942), British Electrical Artificer 4th Class aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [11]


The law 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: Compositum jus fasque animi
Motto Translation: A mind which respects alike the laws of mutual justice and of God.


Suggested Readings for the name law +

  • 1137 The Law Family of Wanlockhead, Scotland, and Northfield, Minnesota by Margaret D. Leslie Lindner.

  1. ^ 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)
  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
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF WELLINGTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Duke%20of%20Wellington.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  11. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A


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