The surname St Lawrant 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 St Lawrant family
The surname St Lawrant 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 St Lawrant family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our St Lawrant 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 St Lawrant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
St Lawrant Spelling Variations
Church officials and medieval scribes often spelled early surnames as they sounded. This practice often resulted in many spelling variations
of even a single name. Early versions of the name St Lawrant included: St. Lawrence, St. Laurent, St. Laurence and many more.
Early Notables of the St Lawrant 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 St Lawrant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the St Lawrant family to the New World and Oceana
In the mid-19th century, Ireland
experienced one of the worst periods in its entire history. During this decade in order to ease the pressure of the soil, which was actually depleted by the effects of the previous years' grain crops, landowners forced tenant
farmers and peasants onto tiny plots of land that barely provided the basic sustenance a family required. Conditions were worsened, though, by the population of the country, which was growing fast to roughly eight million. So when the Great Potato Famine
of the mid-1840s hit, starvation and diseases decimated the population. Thousands of Irish families
left the country for British North America and the United States. The new immigrants were often accommodated either in the opening western frontiers or as cheap unskilled labor in the established centers. In early passenger and immigration lists there are many immigrants bearing the name St Lawrant: Thady St. Laurence who arrived in Canada in 1847; Etiene St Lawrence arrived in New York State in 1775.
The St Lawrant 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