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Origins Available: French, Scottish


laws was first used as a surname by the descendents of the Boernician clans of Scotland. The laws family lived near a hill. laws is a local name, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. There are many different categories of local surnames, some of which include: topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. laws is a topographic name, and it comes from the Old English word, hlaw, which means hill.

laws Early Origins



The surname laws was first found in Northumberland, where they were lords of the manor and seated from very ancient times.

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laws Spelling Variations


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laws Spelling Variations



Scribes in the Middle Ages simply spelled according to sound. The result is an enormous number of spelling variations among names that evolved in that era. laws has been spelled Law, Lawe, Lawes and others.

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laws Early History


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laws Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laws research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1671, 1729, 1686, 1761, 10 w, 1595, 1662, 1602 and 1645 are included under the topic Early laws History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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laws Early Notables (pre 1700)


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laws Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was John Law (1671-1729), a Scottish economist, Controller General of Finances of France under King Louis XV; William Law (1686-1761), an Anglican priest from Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire who is honoured on April 10 with a...

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early laws Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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laws In Ireland


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laws In Ireland



Some of the laws family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Most of the Boernician-Scottish families who came to North America settled on the eastern seaboard of what would become the United States and Canada. Families who wanted a new order stayed south in the War of Independence, while those who were still loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, the ancestors of these families have gone on to rediscover their heritage through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name laws or a variant listed above:

laws Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Benjamin Laws, who arrived in New York in 1796

laws Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mathew Laws, aged 21, landed in Key West, Fla in 1837

laws Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Samuel Laws U.E. who settled in Richmond, [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

laws Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Valentine Laws, aged 29, arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1815-1816
  • Valentine Laws, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1815

laws Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Laws, aged 36, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Sultana"
  • Robert Laws, aged 36, a wheelwright, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850
  • Ann Laws, aged 38, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850

laws Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Laws, aged 32, a cartwright, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Mary A. Laws, aged 30, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Charles H. Laws, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Frederick A. Laws, aged 2, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Robert Laws, aged 23, a carpenter, arrived in Napier aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name laws (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name laws (post 1700)



  • Joe Laws (1911-1979), American football player
  • George Malcolm Laws (b. 1919), American scholar of traditional UK and USA folk song
  • Staff Sergeant Robert E Laws (1921-1990), United States Army soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Douglas Laws (1922-1991), South African radio personality and broadcaster (1953 to 1971)
  • Brian Laws (b. 1960), English former footballer and manager
  • John Laws CBE (b. 1935), Australian prominent and controversial radio presenter
  • Richard Maitland Laws, British Director, British Antarctic Survey

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laws Historic Events


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Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Robert Laws (1882-1914), Scottish Third Class Passenger from Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Albert E Laws (b. 1905), English Chief Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from South Shields, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Motto


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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: Compositum jus fasque animi
Motto Translation: A mind which respects alike the laws of mutual justice and of God.


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  3. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  4. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  5. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  8. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The laws Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The laws Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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