Lawrey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Lawrey family
The surname Lawrey was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area. "Laurieston in the parish of Balmaghie, stewartry of Kirkcudbright takes its name from William Kennedy Laurie, Esq., proprietor of the lands on which it is built, near Lochinbren, a sheet of water abounding with trout. " 
There are two other places named Laurieston in Scotland: an ecclesiastical district, within the jurisdiction of the city of Glasgow; and in the parish of Falkirk, county of Stirlinge village. Of the former, we can find no notes about the origin; of the latter, it was derived from "the name of Laurencetoun, of which its present appellation is a contraction." 
"This surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Lawrence.' In the Lowlands and on the Borders, popularly Lowrie or Laurie, whence the many North English and Scottish variations of this name. " 
"The name has been also explained, with still less probability; as from Scots lowrie, 'foxy'. The name of Gavin Lawrie, governor of New Jersey during the colonial period, is spelled in a letter quoted in The Haigs of Bemersyde as Lowry.' 
"Hence 'Lowrie-like,' having the crafty look of a fox. The full name Lawrence was also applied to the fox, proving that Lowry and Lawry are the true offspring of the name." 
Early History of the Lawrey family
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Lawrey Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Lawrie, Laurie, Larrie, Larry, Laurie, Laury, Lawry, Lowrie and many more.
Early Notables of the Lawrey family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir Robert Laurie of Maxwelltown; Gawen Lawrie (died 1687), 2nd Deputy Governor of East New Jersey (1683-1686); Robert Laurie (died 1677), Church of Scotland prelate...
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Migration of the Lawrey family to Ireland
Some of the Lawrey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Lawrey migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Lawrey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Lawrey, who settled in Virginia in 1650
- Nicho Lawrey, who landed in Virginia in 1650 
Lawrey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mr. Franklin Lawrey, (b. 1872), aged 25, Cornish gardener, from Penzance, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Paris" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 4th September 1897 en route to Rochester, New York, USA 
Lawrey migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Lawrey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. William James Lawrey, (b. 1821), aged 27, Cornish labourer from Penzance, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Cornwall" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 11th August 1848 
- Mrs. Nancy Lawrey, (b. 1826), aged 22, Cornish settler from Penzance, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Cornwall" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 11th August 1848 
- Mr. Walter Lawrey, (b. 1818), aged 31, Cornish blacksmith travelling aboard the ship "Courier" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 11th September 1849 
- Mrs. Catherine Lawrey, (b. 1813), aged 36, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Courier" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 11th September 1849 
- Miss Catherine Elizabeth Lawrey, (b. 1845), aged 4, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Courier" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 11th September 1849 
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Lawrey 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:
Lawrey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Miss Kate Lawrey, (b. 1857), aged 21, Cornish general servant departing on 7th September 1878 aboard the ship "Opawa" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 7th December 1878 
- Miss Kate Lawrey, (b. 1857), aged 21, Cornish general servant departing on 7th September 1878 aboard the ship "Opawa" going to Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand arriving in port on 7th December 1878 
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The Lawrey Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: It buds afresh.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
- ^ 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)
- ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
- ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
- ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
- ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf