Lawes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the first family to use the name Lawes lived among the Boernician tribe of ancient Scotland. They lived near a hill. Lawes 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. Lawes is a topographic name, and it comes from the Old English word, hlaw, which means hill.
Early Origins of the Lawes family
The surname Lawes was first found in Northumberland, where they were lords of the manor and seated from very ancient times.
Early History of the Lawes family
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Lawes Spelling Variations
Boernician names that evolved in the largely preliterate Middle Ages are often marked by considerable spelling variations. Lawes has been spelled Law, Lawe, Lawes and others.
Early Notables of the Lawes 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...
Migration of the Lawes family to Ireland
Some of the Lawes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Some of the Boernician-Scottish Clan families who came to North America were Loyalists who went north to Canada after the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border went on to found two of the world's great nations. This century, families with Scottish roots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and clan societies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Lawes or a variant listed above:
Lawes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Lawes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Lawes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Lawes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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:
Lawes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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.