Lawyer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Lawyer family

The surname Lawyer was first found in the Rhine Valley, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with domains, estates and manors. The family were well established in the region of Strasburg north to the coast and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community and their religious activities. They and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility. The family was originally from Albigensia and their original name was Raymond. They held a family seat near Montpellier. Pierre Raymond de Layard left France for England at the Edict of Nantes. He was appointed a Major in General Verey's Regiment of Foot and joined him at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland. The family settled at Riverssdale outside Dublin. Some of the family returned to England where they became Member of Parliament or distinguished army officers. Charles Peter Layard was Dean of Bristol.

Early History of the Lawyer family

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Lawyer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Layard, Laiyard, Layarde, Layerd, De Layard, d'layard and many more.

Early Notables of the Lawyer family (pre 1700)

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Lawyer Ranking

In the United States, the name Lawyer is the 6,309th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]


United States Lawyer migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lawyer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jos Lawyer, who landed in Virginia in 1648 [2]
Lawyer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard Lawyer, aged 23, who landed in Key West, Fla in 1839 [2]
  • L B Lawyer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

New Zealand Lawyer 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:

Lawyer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Lawyer, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilharree" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Lawyer (post 1700) +

  • Lawyer Marzell Milloy (b. 1973), American NFL football safety who played from 1996 to 2010


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  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)


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