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The family name lawlor has an intrinsic connection to the Gaelic culture of Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name lawlor is O Leathlobhair, which is derived from the words leath, which means half, and lobhar, which means sick person or leper.

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Pronunciation, rather than spelling, was what guided scribes and church officials in recording names, a practice that often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname lawlor are preserved in documents that were examined for evidence of the family's history. The various spellings of lawlor included Lawlor, Lalor, O'Lalor, O'Lawlor and others.

First found in County Leix (Irish: Laois) formerly known as Queen's County, located in central Ireland, in Leinster Province, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lawlor research. Another 380 words (27 lines of text) covering the year 1854 is included under the topic Early lawlor History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lawlor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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North America received thousands of Irish immigrants from the English-ruled Ireland during the 19th century. Once in the United States or what would become Canada, these immigrants quickly contributed to the ongoing settling and industrialization processes. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. An exhaustive examination of immigrant and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the surname of lawlor:

lawlor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Lawrence Lawlor, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835
  • William Lawlor, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Anne Lawlor, aged 11, landed in New York in 1854
  • Denis Lawlor, aged 13, landed in New York in 1854

lawlor Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Lawlor, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1822
  • Mary Ann Lawlor, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1835
  • Catherine Riley Lawlor, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1841
  • Michael Lawlor, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1842
  • John Lawlor, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

lawlor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Henry Charles Lawlor a lawyer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Brilliant" in 1841
  • Ann Caroline Lawlor arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Brilliant" in 1841
  • Annie Caroline Lawlor arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Brilliant" in 1841

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  • Michael P. Lawlor (b. 1956), American politician, criminal justice professor, and lawyer, Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives (1987-2011)
  • John Lawlor (b. 1941), American actor, best known for his role as Supervisor Leonard Marsh on the television series Phyllis from 1976-1977
  • Charles B. Lawlor (1852-1925), Irish-born, American vaudeville performer and composer of popular songs, perhaps best known for his 1894 song, The Sidewalks of New York
  • Michael H. Lawlor (1854-1918), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Edward G. Lawlor (1907-1987), American minister and general superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene
  • Gerri Lawlor, American actress and voice actor
  • Thomas Joseph "Tom" Lawlor (b. 1983), American mixed martial artist
  • Thomas Lawlor (b. 1938), Irish opera singer, best known for his performances in baritone roles of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas
  • Sean Lawlor (1954-2009), Irish character actor and playwright, best known for his portrayal of Malcolm Wallace in Braveheart
  • Éamonn Lawlor (b. 1951), Irish radio broadcaster on RTÉ lyric fm

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  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
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The lawlor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lawlor Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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