lawman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name lawman dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who 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 lawman family

The surname lawman 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 lawman family

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

lawman Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name lawman has undergone many spelling variations, including Lawman, Laweman, Lawemon, Lawghman, Lagmann, Lageman, Lauman, Layamon and many more.

Early Notables of the lawman family (pre 1700)

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United States lawman migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name lawman were among those contributors:

lawman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Peter Lawman, who sailed to the West Indies in 1697


  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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