The name Lourence was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from the name Lawrence.
This name is in turn derived from the Latin name Laurentius,
which literally means man from Laurentium,
a town in Italy named for its laurels or bay trees. The popularity of this name in medieval Europe is due to the exploits of a saint who was martyred at Rome in the 3rd century.
Early Origins of the Lourence family
The surname Lourence was first found in Lancashire
at Yealand-Redmayne, a township, in the parish of Warton, union of Lancaster, hundred
of Lonsdale south of the Sands. "Yealand Hall, an ancient dwelling at Yealand-Storrs in the township, seems to have been possessed in the reign of Henry VIII. by the family of Lawrence, who held the manor of "Yeland-Redmayn" as of the manor of Warton." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Lourence family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lourence research.Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1252, 1150, 1598, 1657, 1614, 1692, 1664, 1665, 1618, 1699, 1635, 1672, 1674 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Lourence History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lourence Spelling Variations
Lourence has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Lourence have been found, including Lawrence, Laurence, Lawerence, Lawrance and many more.
Early Notables of the Lourence family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Laurence (1598-1657), an English churchman and academic, at the age of 16 he attended Balliol College, Oxford (1614); Sir John Lawrence (died 1692), an English merchant and politician, Lord... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lourence Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lourence family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Lourences to arrive on North American shores: George and Elizabeth Lawrance, who settled in Virginia in 1641; Anne and John Lawrence settled in Virginia with their seven children in 1676; Ben, Edward, Elizabeth, J.R. John, Joseph, Lewis
, Mary, Phillip, Thomas, and William Lawrence, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..