Lone History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Lone is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Lone family lived in Staffordshire. Their name is derived from the Old English word lanu and literally translates as dweller in the Lane.

Early Origins of the Lone family

The surname Lone was 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." [1]

The Royal Crown in the crest also bears to the family's recognition as does the family motto which translates as "Guard the King."

Bentley Hall [in Bentley, Staffordshire], the ancient manor-house of the Lane family, is distinguished as the residence of Colonel Lane. The Hall is a neat building standing on an eminence." [2]

Early History of the Lone family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lone research. Another 88 words (6 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 Lone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lone Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Lane, Lawn, Lone, Loan, Lain, Laine and others.

Early Notables of the Lone family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Benjamin Lany (Laney) (1591-1675), an English academic and bishop from Ipswich, Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge (1630-1644) and (1660-1662), Bishop of Peterborough (1660-1663) of Lincoln (1663-1667) and of Ely (1667-1675); Colonel John Lane of Bentley (1609-1667), English Member of Parliament for Lichfield, Staffordshire (1661 to 1667), and Royalist colonel who had given refuge to King Charles II at...
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Ireland Migration of the Lone family to Ireland

Some of the Lone family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Lone migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Lone name or one of its variants:

Lone Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Lone, who landed in Maryland in 1665 [3]
Lone Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francesca Lone, aged 20, who immigrated to America, in 1892
  • Kate Lone, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1892
  • William Lone, aged 33, who immigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1893
Lone Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles O. Lone, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Manchester, in 1903
  • Frank L. Lone, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Emma Miriam Lone, aged 42, who landed in America from London, England, in 1915
  • Gerald Lone, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • Murray Lone, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Lone migration to Australia +

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

Lone Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Lone, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]

New Zealand Lone 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:

Lone Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Lone, aged 17, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888

West Indies Lone migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [5]
Lone Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Tho Lone, aged 19, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lone (post 1700) +

  • Erika de Lone (b. 1972), retired American professional tennis player
  • Ed S. Lone, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1924 [6]
  • E. C. Lone, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1928, 1936 (alternate) [6]
  • Lone Wiggers (b. 1963), Danish architect, one of the partners at C. F. Møller Architects

Empress of Ireland
  • Miss Lena Lone (1911-1914), Norwegian Third Class Passenger from Bergen, Norway who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [7]
  • Master Alick Lone (1909-1914), Norwegian Third Class Passenger from Bergen, Norway who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [7]
  • Mrs. Anna Lone (1892-1914), née Flatekval Norwegian Third Class Passenger from Bergen, Norway who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [7]
  • Mr. Hans Aslaksen Lone (1891-1914), Norwegian Third Class Passenger from Bergen, Norway who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [7]
  • Miss Clara Lone (1912-1914), Norwegian Third Class Passenger from Bergen, Norway who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [7]


The Lone 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: Garde le Roy
Motto Translation: Guard the king.


  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  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)
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  5. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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