Show ContentsLorin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Lorin 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Lorin family

The surname Lorin 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. [2]

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. [3]

"At Beaworthy, [Devon] a park was made about 1366 by Sir Nigel Loring, one of the first Knights of the Garter." [4]

In the same century, the name was also found in Scotland where Eustace de Lorreyne was a Commissioner, at Berwick on Tweed in 1333. [5] Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's historical novel "Sir Nigel" first chapter is entitled "The House of Loring."

Early History of the Lorin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lorin 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 Lorin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lorin Spelling Variations

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 Loring, Loreing, Lorring, Lorin, Lorrin and others.

Early Notables of the Lorin family (pre 1700)

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Lorin Ranking

In France, the name Lorin is the 2,184th most popular surname with an estimated 2,912 people with that name. [6]

United States Lorin migration to the United States +

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 Lorin or a variant listed above:

Lorin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacques Lorin, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724 [7]
Lorin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Lorin, aged 36, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lorin (post 1700) +

  • Robert Lorin Merwin (b. 1863), American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Frederiksted, 1901-17
  • Paul Lorin Kantner (1941-2016), American guitarist, singer and songwriter, best known for co-founding Jefferson Airplane, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996
  • Kenneth Lorin Darby (1909-1992), American three-time Academy Award and Grammy Award winning composer, vocal arranger, lyricist, and conductor
  • Lorin Palmer, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1872
  • Lorin E. Oxley, American politician, Representative from Iowa 2nd District, 1976 [8]
  • Lorin Edwin Helm (1920-1945), American football coach
  • Lorin Farrar Wheelwright (1909-1987), American Latter-day Saint hymnwriter, composer, musical instructor and educator
  • Lorin McCraley, American actor, best known for his roles in My Favorite Martian (1999) and Avenging Angel (2007)
  • Lorin Calvin Woolley (1856-1934), Mormon fundamentalist leader
  • Lorin Solon (1892-1967), All-American football player

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  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. 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.
  4. Worth, R.N., A History of Devonshire London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.G., 1895. Digital
  5. 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)
  7. 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)
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from on Facebook