laws History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the laws family

The surname laws was first found in Lorraine, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with lands and manor. The family were well established in the region of Nancy and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility. They held estates in both Lorraine and Brittany but the earliest records are in Lorraine. They were nobility in Lorraine from 1578 to 1724.

Important Dates for the laws family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laws research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1629 and 1669 are included under the topic Early laws History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

laws Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Louis, Loys, Lews, Luys, Lewey, Lewie, Looie, Luyie, Louyey and many more.

Early Notables of the laws family (pre 1700)

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laws migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

laws Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Benjamin Laws, who arrived in New York in 1796 [1]
laws Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mathew Laws, aged 21, who landed in Key West, Fla in 1837 [1]

laws migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

laws Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Laws U.E. who settled in Richmond, [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 [2]
laws Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Valentine Laws, aged 29, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1815-1816
  • Valentine Laws, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1815

laws migration to Australia

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

laws Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Laws, aged 36, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Sultana" [3]
  • Robert Laws, aged 36, a wheelwright, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850 [3]
  • Ann Laws, aged 38, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850 [3]

laws 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:

laws Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Fanny M. Laws, (b. 1845), aged 23, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Gainsborough" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd May 1868 [4]
  • Thomas Laws, aged 32, a cartwright, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Mary A. Laws, aged 30, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Charles H. Laws, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Frederick A. Laws, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • Sharon Laws (1974-2017), British professional cyclist and environmental consultant, 2008 British National Time Trial Champion, 2012 British National Road Race Champion
  • 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

Historic Events for the laws family

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 [5]
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 and died in the sinking [6]

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Sultana.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  6. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
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