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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lawrance Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the lawrance family to the New World and Oceana
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 emigrated 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
- 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
- Harold G. Lawrance, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1907
- John Lawrance, aged 58, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
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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)
- 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