lawrence History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

lawrence is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that 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 lawrence family

The surname lawrence 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 lawrence family

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

lawrence Spelling Variations

lawrence has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name lawrence have been found, including Lawrence, Laurence, Lawerence, Lawrance and many more.

Early Notables of the lawrence 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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lawrence World Ranking

In the United States, the name lawrence is the 192nd most popular surname with an estimated 129,324 people with that name. [2] However, in Canada, the name lawrence is ranked the 262nd most popular surname with an estimated 15,856 people with that name. [3] And in Newfoundland, Canada, the name lawrence is the 256th popular surname with an estimated 173 people with that name. [4] Australia ranks lawrence as 152nd with 19,435 people. [5] New Zealand ranks lawrence as 123rd with 3,682 people. [6] The United Kingdom ranks lawrence as 130th with 38,776 people. [7] South Africa ranks lawrence as 640th with 10,812 people. [8]


United States lawrence migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first lawrences to arrive on North American shores:

lawrence Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Dorothy Lawrence, aged 28, who landed at Providence, Rhode Island in 1635 [9]
  • Elizabeth Lawrence, aged 26, who arrived at Providence, Rhode Island in 1635 [9]
  • John Lawrence, who landed in America in 1635 [9]
  • John Lawrence, aged 17, who landed in America in 1635 [9]
  • John Lawrence, aged 17, who arrived in New England in 1635 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
lawrence Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alice Lawrence, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [9]
  • Richard Lawrence, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [9]
  • Margaret Lawrence, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [9]
  • John Lawrence, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [9]
  • John Lawrence, who arrived in New England in 1713 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
lawrence Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Effingham Lawrence, who landed in New York in 1806 [9]
  • Vincent Lawrence, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807 [9]
  • John Lawrence, who arrived in America in 1808 [9]
  • Nathaniel Lawrence, who arrived in New York in 1809 [9]
  • John Lawrence, aged 23, who landed in Maine in 1812 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada lawrence migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

lawrence Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ann Lawrence, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Eliz Lawrence, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • George Lawrence, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Lawrence, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Samuel Lawrence, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
lawrence Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Lawrence, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1824
  • George Lawrence, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • Mr. John Lawrence, aged 30 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Columbia" departing 1st May 1847 from Sligo, Ireland; the ship arrived on 10th June 1847 but he died on board [10]

Australia lawrence migration to Australia +

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

lawrence Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Lawrence Houlden, English convict who was convicted in Bristol, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [11]
lawrence Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Lawrence, British convict who was convicted in Dorset, England for life, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [12]
  • Mr. Robert Lawrence, (b. 1775), aged 28, British convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [12]
  • Miss Mary Lawrence, Welsh convict who was convicted in Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales for 7 years, transported aboard the "Experiment" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [13]
  • Miss Mary Lawrence, (Mary Ann, Butt, Davis), English convict who was convicted in Dorset, England for 7 years for house robbery, transported aboard the "Broxbournebury" in January 1814, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [14]
  • Lewis Lawrence, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [15]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand lawrence migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

lawrence Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Lawrence, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Earl of Lonsdale" arriving in Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand in 1840 [16]
  • Mr. Lawrence, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Earl of Lonsdale" arriving in Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand on 11th April 1841 [16]
  • Sarah Lawrence, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
  • H Lawrence, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1845
  • Mrs. Caroline Lawrence, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Hamilla Mitchell" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th November 1853 [16]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
lawrence Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century
  • James Lawrence, aged 31, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

West Indies lawrence migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [17]
lawrence Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Richard Lawrence, (b. 1614), aged 20, British settler travelling from London, UK arriving in St Christopher (St. Kitts) on 5th January 1634 [9]
  • Mr. John Lawrence, (b. 1618), aged 17, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Alexander" arriving in Barbados in 1635 [18]
  • Blackwell Lawrence, aged 16, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [9]
  • Dorothy Lawrence, aged 28, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [9]
  • Elizabeth Lawrence, aged 26, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name lawrence (post 1700) +

  • David Herbert "DH" Lawrence (1885-1930), prolific English author, best known for his novels Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow, Women in Love and Lady Chatterley's Lover
  • Jennifer Shrader Lawrence (b. 1990), American multiple award winning actress, the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016, perhaps best known for her roles in X-Men and The Hunger Games movies
  • Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Edward "T.E." Lawrence CB, DSO (1888-1935), British archaeologist, military officer, diplomat, and writer, also known as Lawrence of Arabia; he was fatally injured in an accident on his Brough Superior SS100 motorcycle in Dorset; he died 6 days later at the age of 46
  • DeMarcus "Tank" Lawrence (b. 1992), American football defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys
  • David Lawrence (1888-1973), American conservative newspaperman, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • J. Vinton "Vint" Lawrence (1939-2016), former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency paramilitary officer, member of the elite Special Activities Division
  • Francis Leo Lawrence (1937-2013), American educator and French literature scholar, President of Rutgers University (1990–2002)
  • Major-General Charles White Lawrence (1901-1982), American Commanding General of the 3700th Air Force Indoctrination Wing and Lackland AFB, Texas (1949-1951) [19]
  • Major-General Thompson Lawrence (1889-1973), American Commanding General 99th Division (1942-1943) [20]
  • Wendy Barrien Lawrence (b. 1959), former NASA astronaut with over 1,225 hours in space [21]
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Michael R Lawrence (b. 1949), American Major from Atlanta, Georgia, USA who died in the crash [22]
Grover Shoe factory
  • Mr. Walter Lawrence, American employee of the Grover Shoe factory in Brockton, Massachusetts on 20th March 1905 when the boiler exploded and collapsed the wooden building; he survived [23]
Halifax Explosion
  • child Lawrence, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [24]
  • Mrs. Mary E.  Lawrence (1880-1917), née Lund, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [24]
HMS Prince of Wales
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Whorton Lawrence, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [26]
  • Mr. J W Lawrence, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [26]
  • Mr. Thomas H Lawrence, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [26]
  • Mr. Harold C D Lawrence, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [26]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Alfred Lawrence, British Chief Steward with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [27]
  • William A. Lawrence, British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [27]
  • A. Lawrence, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [27]
  • James Egerton Lawrence (1920-1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [27]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. William Lawrence, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [28]
  • Miss Ella Woods Lawrence, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [28]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Arthur Lawrence (d. 1912), aged 25, English Saloon Steward from Rochford, Essex who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [29]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Thomas H. Lawrence, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [30]


Suggested Readings for the name lawrence +

  • The History of the Bemis, Perkinson, Fay, and Lawrence Families by Ted H. Bemis.
  • From the European Continent to American Colonist & Citizen: the 275 Year History of the Lowrance (also Lawrence) Family in America by Gayford Radar Lowrence.

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  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  4. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  5. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  6. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  7. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  8. ^ https://forebears.io/south-africa/surnames
  9. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  10. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 83)
  11. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barwell
  12. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/calcutta
  13. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 22nd March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel-and-experiment
  14. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/broxbournebury
  15. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  16. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  17. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  18. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 28th September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  19. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 10) Charles Lawrence. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Lawrence/Charles_White/USA.html
  20. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 2) Thompson Lawrence. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Lawrence/Thompson/USA.html
  21. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Wendy Lawrence. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/lawrence.html
  22. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  23. ^ California Digital Newspaper from 21st March 1905 (retrieved on 5th August 2021.) Retrieved from https://cdnc.ucr.edu/?a=d&d=SFC19050321.2.19&e=-------en--20--1--txt-txIN--------1
  24. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  25. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  26. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  27. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  28. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  29. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  30. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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