lawrenson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The rich and ancient history of the lawrenson family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes 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 lawrenson family

The surname lawrenson 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 lawrenson family

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

lawrenson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name lawrenson have been found, including Lawrence, Laurence, Lawerence, Lawrance and many more.

Early Notables of the lawrenson 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 lawrenson migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name lawrenson, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

lawrenson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Fra, Lawrenson Jr., who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [2]
  • Lawrence Lawrenson, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [2]
  • Margaret Lawrenson, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [2]

New Zealand lawrenson 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:

lawrenson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Gifford Lawrenson, aged 45, a mason, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Margaret Lawrenson, aged 45, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Ursilla Lawrenson, aged 10, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Oliver J. Lawrenson, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • James Lawrenson, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name lawrenson (post 1700) +

  • Peter John Lawrenson (1933-2017), English Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Leeds
  • Mr. Christopher David Lawrenson M.B.E., British Head of Legal Services for Building Society Association., was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Sustainability and to Accountability in the Mutual and Building Society Sectors [3]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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