Loraine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Scotland, with its skirl of bagpipes and colorful tartans is the homeland of the noble surname Loraine. In Scotland, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate.The Loraine family originally lived in the French province of Lorraine, before moving to Scotland, where the name was passed down through many generations.

Early Origins of the Loraine family

The surname Loraine was first found in Northumberland, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Kirk Hall some say, from the time of the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D. These estates were apparently obtained by the marriage of the Knight of Loraine to the del Strother heiress. However, it was a common practice of the powerful Border Clans to have territories on both sides of the border and such was the case with the Loraines. They were also seated in Roxburghshire in the eastern marches of Scotland. Roger Loraine or Loren was the first of the name in Scotland about the year 1200. This Roger was on an enquiry concerning piracy in the Irish Sea.

Early History of the Loraine family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loraine research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1333, 1358, 1590, 1603, 1563, 1624, 1608, 1608, 1657, 1624, 1625, 1625, 1634, 1719 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Loraine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Loraine Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Loraine, Loraigne, Lorain, Loran, Lorane, Loreygne, Lorrain, Lorrane, Loren, Lorren, Lorraigne, Lorraine and many more.

Early Notables of the Loraine family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Henry II (1563-1624), known as "the Good (le Bon)", the Duke of Lorraine from 1608 until his death; Nicole de Lorraine (1608-1657), Duchess of Lorraine and Bar from (1624-1625)...
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Loraine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Loraine migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Loraine Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • May Loraine, aged 24, who landed in America from London, England, in 1912
  • Robert Loraine, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States from England, in 1912
  • Ethel Loraine, aged 30, who settled in America from London, England, in 1915
  • Vivien Loraine, aged 23, who immigrated to America from Lyndharst, England, in 1915
  • Samuel Loraine, aged 29, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1917
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Loraine migration to Australia +

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

Loraine Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Alexander Loraine, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Loraine (post 1700) +

  • Loraine Despres, American novelist and screenwriter
  • Loraine Blaxter, lecturer at the School of Health and Social Studies, University of Warwick
  • Loraine Wyman (1885-1937), American folksinger, dulcimer player
  • Loraine Stinson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972 [2]
  • Loraine L. Alvarez, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972 [3]
  • Loraine Gibbs, American politician, Independent Candidate for Virgin Islands legislature from St. Croix, 2000 [4]


The Loraine 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: Lauro resurgo
Motto Translation: I rise again with laurel.


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barwell
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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