lawe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the surname lawe were thought to have been a Boernician family in ancient Scotland. They lived near a hill. lawe 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. lawe is a topographic name, and it comes from the Old English word, hlaw, which means hill.

Early Origins of the lawe family

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

Early History of the lawe family

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

lawe Spelling Variations

Before the first dictionaries and printing presses went into use in the last few hundred years, spelling, particularly of names, was a largely intuitive matter. Consequently, many spelling variations occur in even the simplest names from the Middle Ages. lawe has been spelled Law, Lawe, Lawes and others.

Early Notables of the lawe 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...
Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lawe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the lawe family to Ireland

Some of the lawe 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 lawe migration to the United States +

The east coasts of the United States and Canada are still populated by many of the descendents of the Boernician-Scottish families who made that great crossing. They distributed themselves evenly when they first arrived, but at the time of the War of Independence those who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. This century, many of their ancestors have recovered their past heritage through highland games and other Scottish functions in North America. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that many immigrants bearing the name lawe or a variant listed above:

lawe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nathaniel Lawe, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [1]
  • Nathan Lawe, who settled in Virginia in 1623
lawe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • L. Lawe settled in San Francisco, California in 1852

Contemporary Notables of the name lawe (post 1700) +

    HMS Repulse
    • Mr. William A Lawe, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [2]

    The lawe 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.

    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. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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