Lorraine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Scotland, 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 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 Lorraine family

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

Lorraine 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 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.

United States Lorraine migration to the United States +

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 [1]
Lorraine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James William Lorraine, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1840

Canada Lorraine migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lorraine Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Lorraine, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Australia Lorraine migration to Australia +

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

Lorraine Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Francis Lorraine, aged 37, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lorraine (post 1700) +

  • Claude Lorraine (1600-1682), French landscape painter
  • Ms. Sylvia Lorraine Holmes M.B.E., British Chief Executive Officer for Economic Growth Solutions, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to the Economy [3]
  • Mrs. Susan Lorraine Smith O.B.E., British Executive Chief Nurse at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to the NHS and to Patient Safety [4]
  • 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

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.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EPAMINONDAS 1852. Retrieved www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1852.shtml
  3. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
  4. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists

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