Lorrain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Scotland, with its skirl of bagpipes and colorful tartans is the homeland of the noble surname Lorrain. 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 Lorrain 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 Lorrain family

The surname Lorrain 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 Lorrain family

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

Lorrain 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 Lorrain 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 Lorrain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lorrain Ranking

In France, the name Lorrain is the 2,651st most popular surname with an estimated 2,500 - 3,000 people with that name. [1]


Canada Lorrain migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lorrain Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Pierre Lorrain, who arrived in Montreal in 1658

Australia Lorrain migration to Australia +

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

Lorrain Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Lorrain, aged 33, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks" [2]

New Zealand Lorrain migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lorrain Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Berger Lorrain, aged 34, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Annette Lorrain, aged 26, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Lorrain (post 1700) +

  • Clyde Lorrain Cowan Jr. (1919-1974), American co-discoverer of the neutrino and shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1995
  • Walter Lorrain Brodie (1885-1918), Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross


The Lorrain 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. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  2. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 30th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) John Banks 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/johnbanks1855.shtml


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