Origins Available: English
The surname lawles is derived from the Old English word "laweles," which means "lawless" and is ultimately derived from the Old English word "laghles," which means "outlaw." As a surname, lawles came from a nickname
for a person who was an outlaw, or was uncontrolled or unrestrained.
Early Origins of the lawles family
The surname lawles was first found in Yorkshire
, where the first on record was Thomas Lagheles, listed in the Register of the Freemen of the City of York in 1360.
Early History of the lawles family
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lawles Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the lawles family name include Lawless, Lawlesse, Lawles and others.
Early Notables of the lawles family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the lawles family to Ireland
Some of the lawles family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the lawles family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the lawles surname or a spelling variation of the name include: James Lawless who settled in Virginia in 1739; Daniel, James, John, Joseph, Michael, Miles, Patrick and Walter Lawless, all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860.