Lawrance History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Lawrance is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the name Lawrence. This name is in turn derived from the Latin name Laurentius, which literally means man from Laurentium, a town in Italy named for its laurels or bay trees. The popularity of this name in medieval Europe is due to the exploits of a saint who was martyred at Rome in the 3rd century.

Early Origins of the Lawrance family

The surname Lawrance was first found in Lancashire at Yealand-Redmayne, a township, in the parish of Warton, union of Lancaster, hundred of Lonsdale south of the Sands. "Yealand Hall, an ancient dwelling at Yealand-Storrs in the township, seems to have been possessed in the reign of Henry VIII. by the family of Lawrence, who held the manor of "Yeland-Redmayn" as of the manor of Warton." [1]

Early History of the Lawrance family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lawrance research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1252, 1150, 1598, 1657, 1614, 1692, 1664, 1665, 1618, 1699, 1635, 1672, 1674 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Lawrance History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lawrance 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 Lawrance has undergone many spelling variations, including Lawrence, Laurence, Lawerence, Lawrance and many more.

Early Notables of the Lawrance family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Laurence (1598-1657), an English churchman and academic, at the age of 16 he attended Balliol College, Oxford (1614); Sir John Lawrence (died 1692), an English merchant and politician, Lord...
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United States Lawrance 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 Lawrance were among those contributors:

Lawrance Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George and Elizabeth Lawrance, who settled in Virginia in 1641
Lawrance Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Josh. Lawrance, aged 34, who settled in America, in 1895
  • Leonard Lawrance, aged 7, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
Lawrance Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frank Lawrance, aged 30, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Mr. Henry H. Lawrance, (b. 1882), aged 23, Cornish carpenter, from Helston, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Umbria" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 9th May 1905 en route to Chicago, Illinois, USA [2]
  • Mr. Richard Lawrance, (b. 1880), aged 25, Cornish farmer, from St Martin, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Umbria" arriving at Ellis Island, New York in 1905 en route to Chicago, Illinois, USA [2]
  • Henry H. Lawrance, aged 23, who landed in America from Helston, England, in 1905
  • Ann Lawrance, aged 34, who landed in America from Sunderland, in 1906
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Australia Lawrance migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lawrance Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Lawrance, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Elizabeth" in May 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. William Lawrance, English convict who was convicted in Kent, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Elphinstone" on 20th January 1836, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Mr. Stephen Lawrance, English convict who was convicted in Ipswich, Suffolk, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Emma Eugenia" on 2nd November 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. John Lawrance, Scottish convict who was convicted in Aberdeen, Scotland for 10 years, transported aboard the "Emerald Isle" on 28th June 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lawrance (post 1700) +

  • Jody Lawrance (1930-1986), born Nona Josephine Goddard, an American actress during the '50s through the early '60s
  • Charles Lanier Lawrance (1882-1950), American aeronautical engineer
  • Sir John Compton Lawrance DL (1832-1912), English judge and Conservative Party politician
  • Walter John Lawrance (1840-1914), English Dean of St Albans and Honorary Chaplain to the Queen
  • Debra Lawrance (b. 1957), Australian actress best known for her role as Pippa Ross on Home and Away (1990 to 1998)
  • Robert Lawrance Lobe (b. 1945), American sculptor
  • Sir Simon Lawrance Gass KCMG CVO (b. 1956), British diplomat, Director General, Political, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (2013-)
  • Lawrance "Lawrie" Reilly (1928-2013), Scottish former association football player


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 1st March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/elizabeth
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/elphinstone
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th March 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/emma-eugenia
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/emerald-isle)


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