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Origins Available: English, Irish

Where did the English layne family come from? What is the English layne family crest and coat of arms? When did the layne family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the layne family history?

layne is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The layne family lived in Staffordshire. Their name is derived from the Old English word lanu and literally translates as dweller in the Lane.


Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Lane, Lawn, Lone, Loan, Lain, Laine and others.

First found in Staffordshire where the family claim descent from De La Lane as listed in the Roll of Battle Abbey. [1] This source continues "a family illustrious in history for the part they took in the preservation of King Charles II. After the battle of Worcester, Col. John Lane, head of the house, received the fugitive Prince at his mansion of Bentley, whence his Majesty was conveyed in disguise by the Colonel's eldest sister, Jane Lane, to her cousin Mrs. Norton's residence in Bristol. This loyal lady received after the Restoration an annual pension of 1,000 for life. Her brother, the cavalier Col. Lane was granted the especial badge of honour, the arms of England (three lions passant guardant on a red field) in a canton for his efforts." The Royal Crown in the crest also bears to the family's recognition as does the family motto which translates as "Guard the King."


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our layne research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1591, 1675, 1630, 1644, 1660, 1662, 1660, 1663, 1663, 1667, 1667, 1675, 1609, 1667, 1661, 1667, 1651, 1626, 1689, 1651 and are included under the topic Early layne History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 245 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early layne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the layne family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name layne or a variant listed above:

layne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Layne, who landed in Virginia in 1619
  • Robt Layne, who landed in Virginia in 1643
  • Robert Layne, who arrived in Virginia in 1648

layne Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Layne, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746


  • Cynthia Layne (1963-2015), American contemporary jazz vocalist
  • Ivoria Hillis "Tony" Layne (1918-2010), American Major League Baseball third baseman who played from 1941 to 1945
  • Jerry Blake Layne (b. 1958), American Major League Baseball umpire in the National League between 1989 and 1999
  • Thomas Kevin Layne (b. 1984), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Robert Lawrence "Bobby" Layne (1926-1986), American NFL football quarterback, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1968
  • Harvey Layne Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Fayette County, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1972
  • Harry O. Layne, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Mason County, 1942, 1948; Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1961
  • Grover C. Layne, American Democrat politician, Chair of Ralls County Democratic Party, 1939-43
  • Geraldine Dyer Layne, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1945-49
  • Carney Milton Layne Jr. (1921-1977), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Cabell County, 1951-52



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: Garde le Roy
Motto Translation: Guard the king.


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  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The layne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The layne 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.

This page was last modified on 28 January 2016 at 13:05.

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