Lorrigan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Lorrigan is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a person who worked as a lorimer which is an Old French word used to refer to those individuals who made stirrup irons, spurs and other metal articles that people used with horses.
As an occupational name, records of the name are widespread and in early records more often than not, the name was seen in its Lation form as by example, the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae listed Robert and John Lauremarius, Normandy 1180-1195. 
However one source notes that the name could have been derived from "Goscelinus Loremarius, one of the Conqueror's tenants in chief, mentioned in Domesday [Book], co. Essex. " 
Early Origins of the Lorrigan family
The surname Lorrigan was first found in Essex where the aforementioned Goscelinus Loremarius was listed shortly after the Conquest.
The use of the early Latin spelling was widespread as in Scotland, "Hugh Lorimarius and his heirs had a grant of lands near Perth from William the Lion (reign 1165-1214) for services performed by him. Matthew Lorimer, a descendant of Hugh, sold the lands to William de Len, burgess of Perth, by whom they were gifted to the Abbey of Scone in the reign of Alexander II. " 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Adam le Lorimer, Salop (Shropshire); Richard le Lorimer, Essex; Thomas Lormar, Essex; and William Lorinar, Oxfordshire. 
Gervase Lorimarius, or Sadler, was Bailiff of Norwich in 1239. 
Early History of the Lorrigan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lorrigan research. Another 162 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1379, 1643, 1779, 1712, 1677, 1706, 1702 and are included under the topic Early Lorrigan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lorrigan Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Lorrigan include Lorimer, Lorrimer, Lorrimore, Lorriman, Lorrimoor, Lorrimar, Larimore and many more.
Early Notables of the Lorrigan family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Larimore, (1677-1706) also Laramore, Larrimore, Laremore, Laremoor, American privateer and pirate active in the Caribbean and off the eastern seaboard of the American colonies.
He was instrumental in helping...
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Migration of the Lorrigan family to Ireland
Some of the Lorrigan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lorrigan 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:
Lorrigan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Daniel Lorrigan, aged 45, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
- Jane Lorrigan, aged 44, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
- Patrick Lorrigan, aged 25, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
- John Lorrigan, aged 23, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
- Lawrence Lorrigan, aged 21, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
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Related Stories +
- ^ 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)
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ 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)
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print