Lorion History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Lorion 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 Lorion family

The surname Lorion 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 Lorion family

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

Lorion Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Loring, Loreing, Lorring, Lorin, Lorrin and others.

Early Notables of the Lorion family (pre 1700)

Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lorion Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lorion Ranking

In France, the name Lorion is the 8,833rd most popular surname with an estimated 500 - 1,000 people with that name. [6]


Canada Lorion migration to Canada +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Lorion or a variant listed above:

Lorion Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Catherine Lorion, aged 17, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Mathurin Lorion, who arrived in Montreal in 1658

Contemporary Notables of the name Lorion (post 1700) +

  • Adrien Lorion, American art director and film writer
  • Guy Lorion (b. 1953), Canadian sports shooter who competed at the 1984, 1988 and the 1992 Summer Olympics\
  • Yves Lorion, French sailor who competed in the Star event at the 1948 Summer Olympics


  1. ^ 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)
  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)
  6. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/


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