The surname St Lawren 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 Lawren family
The surname St Lawren 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 Lawren family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our St Lawren 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 Lawren History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
St Lawren Spelling Variations
During an investigation of the origin of each name, it was found that church officials and medieval scribes spelled many surnames as they sounded. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, a name could be spelt numerous ways. Some of the spelling variations
for the name St Lawren include St. Lawrence, St. Laurent, St. Laurence and many more.
Early Notables of the St Lawren 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 Lawren Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the St Lawren family to the New World and Oceana
experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape the horrific conditions. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families
. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name St Lawren: Thady St. Laurence who arrived in Canada in 1847; Etiene St Lawrence arrived in New York State in 1775.
The St Lawren 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