, with its skirl of bagpipes and colorful tartans is the homeland of the noble surname Lorraine. 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 Lorraine 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 Lorraine family
The surname Lorraine
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
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 Lorraine family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lorraine
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Lorraine 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 Lorraine 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 Lorraine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lorraine family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Lorraine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Anthony Lorraine, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1764 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)
Lorraine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James William Lorraine, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1840
Lorraine Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- John Lorraine, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Francis Lorraine, aged 37, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EPAMINONDAS 1852. Retrieved www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1852.shtml
Contemporary Notables of the name Lorraine (post 1700)
- Claude Lorraine (1600-1682), French landscape painter
- Kim Lorraine Appleby (b. 1961), English singer, songwriter, and actress who sang with her sister Melanie in the duo Mel and Kim
- Lorna Lorraine McDonald (1916-2017), née Bucknall, an Australian historian and author
- Hilary Lorraine Devey CBE (b. 1957), English businesswoman, television personality and entrepreneur, best known for her role on BBC Two programme Dragons' Den
- Christine Lorraine Gosden (b. 1939), British bronze medalist swimmer in the 4×100 m medley relay at the 1958 European Aquatics Championships
- Joan Lorraine Walley (b. 1949), British Labour Party politician
- Billie Lorraine Feather (b. 1948), American singer, lyricist, and songwriter
- Sandra Lorraine Coney QSO (b. 1944), New Zealand feminist and women's health campaigner
- Rev. Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth, American apiarian, clergyman and teacher, is considered the "Father of American Beekeeping"
- Dame Malvina Lorraine Major GNZM, DBE (b. 1943), award-winning New Zealand opera singer
The Lorraine 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.