The surname Saintlaurence is derived from the Old English personal names Lorens and Laurence, which were derived from the Latin name Laurentius. This name referred to a man from Laurentum, a town in Italy that was probably named for its laurels or bay trees. St. Lawrence, who was born in Huesca in Spain
, became a deacon of Rome and was martyred in 258 AD, during the persecution of Valerianus. He gained a large following throughout Europe.
Early Origins of the Saintlaurence family
The surname Saintlaurence was first found in County Clare
(Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster
, where the family have been seated since the year 1177 having been granted their original lands by Strongbow
, Earl of Pembroke, for the family's distinguished assistance in the invasion of Ireland
in the year 1172.
Early History of the Saintlaurence family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Saintlaurence research.Another 321 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1503, 16 k, 1907, 1430, 1st , 1462, 1465, 1435, 1488, 1460, 1526, 1485, 1542, 1589, 1550, 1607, 1568, 1619, 1597, 1643, 1628 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Saintlaurence History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Saintlaurence Spelling Variations
Since church officials and medieval scribes spelt each name as it sounded to them; as a result, a single person could accumulate many different versions of his name within official records. A close examination of the origins of the name Saintlaurence revealed the following spelling variations: St. Lawrence, St. Laurent, St. Laurence and many more.
Early Notables of the Saintlaurence family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family up to this time was Christopher St Lawrence (d.1430), 1st Baron
Howth; Christopher St Lawrence, 2nd Baron
Howth (died 1462 or 1465), an Anglo-Irish nobleman; Robert St.Lawrence, 3rd Baron
Howth (1435-ca.1488), Lord Chancellor of Ireland; Nicholas St Lawrence, 4th Baron
1460-1526), Irish soldier and statesman... Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Saintlaurence Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Saintlaurence family to the New World and Oceana
Ireland's Great Potato Famine
left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Saintlaurence: Thady St. Laurence who arrived in Canada in 1847; Etiene St Lawrence arrived in New York State in 1775.
The Saintlaurence 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: Qui pense
Motto Translation: Who thinks