lawhorne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name lawhorne comes from one of the family having worked as a person who worked as a lawyer. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. The surnames of office, which include military, judicial, papal and other positions of authority, are widespread throughout Europe. Those who were involved in the military, or feudal armies, were given names such as the English surname Archer, the French name Chevalier and the German name Jeger, which means hunter. Names that were derived from judicial and papal titles, such as Bailiff, Squire and Abbott, are still commonly seen with the same surname spelling today.

Early Origins of the lawhorne family

The surname lawhorne was first found in Yorkshire, where the prominent Saxon landowner, Lagmann, was recorded in 1066. Lagmann held title to the thriving farming settlement of Wharram Percy in the 11th century. His sons, Alwold and Brictric Lageman, had settled on estates in Lincolnshire by 1066. During the reign of King John the family established themselves in Hampshire, where Hugo Lageman was registered in 1210. [1]

Early History of the lawhorne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lawhorne research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1246, 1273, 1273, 1279, 1379 and 1607 are included under the topic Early lawhorne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

lawhorne Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name lawhorne have been found, including: Lawman, Laweman, Lawemon, Lawghman, Lagmann, Lageman, Lauman, Layamon and many more.

Early Notables of the lawhorne family (pre 1700)

Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lawhorne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the lawhorne family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name lawhorne, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Peter Lawman, who sailed to the West Indies in 1697; Stephen Lauman to Pennsylvania in 1733; and Martin Lauman to Pennsylvania in 1746.


Contemporary Notables of the name lawhorne (post 1700) +

  • Todd David Lawhorne (b. 1975), American theatre and film actor, best known for his starring role as Dalton Monroe in "In Plain Sight"


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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