The Lorance family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from the name Lawrence.
This name is in turn derived from the Latin name Laurentius,
which literally means man from Laurentium,
a town in Italy named for its laurels or bay trees. The popularity of this name in medieval Europe is due to the exploits of a saint who was martyred at Rome in the 3rd century.
Early Origins of the Lorance family
The surname Lorance was first found in Lancashire
at Yealand-Redmayne, a township, in the parish of Warton, union of Lancaster, hundred
of Lonsdale south of the Sands. "Yealand Hall, an ancient dwelling at Yealand-Storrs in the township, seems to have been possessed in the reign of Henry VIII. by the family of Lawrence, who held the manor of "Yeland-Redmayn" as of the manor of Warton." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Lorance family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lorance research.Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1252, 1150, 1598, 1657, 1614, 1692, 1664, 1665, 1618, 1699, 1635, 1672, 1674 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Lorance History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lorance Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Lorance include Lawrence, Laurence, Lawerence, Lawrance and many more.
Early Notables of the Lorance family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Laurence (1598-1657), an English churchman and academic, at the age of 16 he attended Balliol College, Oxford (1614); Sir John Lawrence (died 1692), an English merchant and politician, Lord... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lorance Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lorance family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Lorance were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Lorance Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Henry Lorance, aged 34, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Lorance (post 1700)
- Cheryl Anne Lorance (b. 1969), American sculptor, painter, goldsmith, and intaglio printmaker