Loreen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Loreen originates in Normandy where records show Henricus Loherene was listed there in 1180. It is derived from the Old French "le Lohereng," meaning "the man from Lorraine." Other records show the fief of Lauraine, Normandy 1180-95. 
Early Origins of the Loreen family
The surname Loreen was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where Albert de Loraine (Lothariensis) was listed as a Baron in this county and Hereford in 1086. Roger Loering was later listed in Bedfordshire in 1165. Geoffrey le Lohareng was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1158-59 and Dauit le Loreng was listed in the Feet of Fines of Norfolk in 1197. 
A few years later, Thomas Loring was listed in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1280. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 revealed more listings of the name: Peter de Loring in Bedfordshire; and John le Loring in Oxfordshire. Kirby's Quest, another census a the time of King Edward III (1312 -1377) listed Alice Loring and Emma Loring both in Somerset. 
"At Beaworthy, [Devon] a park was made about 1366 by Sir Nigel Loring, one of the first Knights of the Garter." 
In the same century, the name was also found in Scotland where Eustace de Lorreyne was a Commissioner, at Berwick on Tweed in 1333.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's historical novel "Sir Nigel" first chapter is entitled "The House of Loring."
Early History of the Loreen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loreen research. Another 413 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1566, 1340, 1359, 1365, 1628, 1386, 1340 and 1342 are included under the topic Early Loreen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Loreen 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 Loring, Loreing, Lorring, Lorin, Lorrin and others.
Early Notables of the Loreen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Loreen family
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 Loreen name or one of its variants: Thomas Loring, his wife and two sons who arrived in Dorchester, MA in 1634; Robert Loring, who came to Virginia in 1664; James Loring, who settled in Virginia in 1682.
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- ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
- ^ Worth, R.N., A History of Devonshire London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.G., 1895. Digital
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)