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Family spelling variants includes Lorenz, Lorance, Lorence, Lowrance, Lawerance, Lawerence, Laurance, Lawrance, Laurens, Laurence

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Family spelling variants include Laurence, Laurens, Lawrance, Laurance, Lawerence, Lawerance, Lowrance, Lorence, Lorance, Lorenz.

There are approximately 129,455 Lawrence family members around the world. In general you can double this figure to include those related to the Lawrence names to allow for those connected to the name through maiden name connections.

It is estimated that the largest group of Lawrence family members live in England with 46,857 (36.2%) members, USA with 34,759 (26.9%), Australia with 17,079 (13.2%), South Africa with 16,115 (12.4%), Canada with 5,048 (3.9%), New Zealand with 3,684 (2.8%), Wales with 2,706 (2.1%), Scotland with 2,169 (1.7%) and Ireland with 1,044 (0.8%) members.

An English relationship name from the Middle English and Old French personal name Lorens, Laurence (Latin Laurentius ‘man from Laurentum’), a place in Italy probably named from its laurels or bay trees. However spelt the ultimate surname derives from the male given name "Laurentius", which itself originates from Laurentium, the "city of laurels" in Italy.

There was also a feminine form Laurencia which may have given rise to a surname.

Early bearers of the surname include: John Lorence, 1268 in Feet of Fines (Suffolk); Benedict Laurenz, 1292 in Feet of Fines (Hunts); John Laurens, William Lorens, 1296 in Subsidy Rolls (Sussex); Reginaldo Laurence, 1327 in Subsidy Rolls (East Horndon, Essex); William Lourance, 1374, Lucus Lowrance, 1481 in York Freemen’s Register (Yorks); Stephano Laurens, 1377 in Poll Tax (Kent); John Laurence, 1427 in Feet of Fines (Headcorn, Kent); Willmi Lawrance, 1539 in IGI (Saint Bees, Cumb); Isabell Laurence, 1541 in IGI (Farnham, Surrey); Marye Lorence, 1599 in IGI (Mumby, Lincs).

In 1891 census, the surname was recorded in England and Wales with 22,098 occurrences and a further 1,049 in Scotland. 

In 1881 census, the surname was frequent in England, especially London. Cambridgeshire was also reported as a top county for the surname with 248 occurrences.

In 1881, the most common Lawrence occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer, along with Labourer and Farmer reported as the top 3 jobs worked by Lawrence. A less common occupation was Carpenter. 

The noted, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Edward "T.E." Lawrence CB, DSO (1888-1935), also known as Lawrence of Arabia, was British archaeologist, military officer, diplomat, and writer.

1881, 1891 Census

1881 Census in Cambridgeshire

Dictionary of American Family Homes, P Hanks OUP 2003

Homes of Family Names in Great Britain, H.B. Guppy, London 1890

The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, P.Hanks, Coats, McClure OUP 2016

1860 Lower, Mark A Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom, London: J.R Smith. Public Domain

1857 Arthur, William An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain


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    Robert Lawrence, the silversmith who was knighted after joining a crusade with Richard Lionheart in 1188-1191, actually was of mixed Flemish (where the name was spelled Lauwereyns) and English descent, a son of lord Lauwrijn (Lawrence) of Cadzand who himself emigrated to East Sussex, UK in 1120. Robert Lawrence / Lauwereyns learned the art of silver smith in Bruges, went into service of the house of Lancaster and thus ended up residing in the area. Forebears of Lauwrence of Cadsant became lords of Cadzand around 874 and descended from Iago de Cadsant of Gwynedd, born in 798 and married to a daughter of Liederik de Buck, forester of Flanders, deceased in 865 in Oostkerke (Diksmuide), County of Flanders. Line of descent: Iago of Cadsant, son of Cadfan, prince of Rhodri 745-798 > Frederik van Cadsant 815-874 who became hereditary heir of the island of Cadsant via his mother > Acturus of Cadsant °865 Suffolk, UK and married Eysteinndottir, a daughter of Malahule, the duke of Suffolk > Anton I of Cadsant °912 Suffolk who married Hulle of Suffolk, a daughter of Hallad of Suffolk > Oliver of Cadsant °930 Suffolk who was a merchant between England and Flanders (deceased in Cadzand) > John of Cadsant °950 Cadzand who married Amadea, princess of Ivrea, daughter of the marquis of Ivrea and Geberga de Dijon (from this maternal line, the crest was derived, whereas forebears of Cadsant had differing crests) > John of Cadsant °1010 Cadzand, married Gertrude of Ghent, a daughter of Arnulf II of Holland and Lutgardis of Luxemburg > Anton II of Cadsant °1040 who married Emma Capet de France, a daughter of Henry I, king of France and Rurikide de Kiev > Lawrence of Cadsant °1070 > Robert Lawrence / Lauwereyns °1100 > Robert Lawrence °1125 in East Sussex, married to Aline de Warenne. I am a descendant of Odin Lawrence / Lauwereyns, lord of Diepenheede, born in 1222, a son of Robert Lawrence who was married to Amabil de Trafford (1196-1265). A great-grandson of Odin would eventually move back to England under the name of Lawrence. That is in big lines how we have reconstructed our family tree based on genealogic, historical, heraldic and geneographic research (www.laurentii.be).
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    I am from Cape Town in South Africa. Any Lawrences who emigrated from Ireland to South Africa? Thank you.
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    Isaac Lawrence born 1828 in Ireland, Immigration to US 10 January 1852. along with wife Anna Brady (daughter of Philip Brady and Ann Lynch of County Cavan). Isaac was the father of William J. Lawrence, the grandfather of Wayne Lawrence and Grace Verne Lawrence (m.Stierheim). Grace was the mother of Fred Stierheim and grandmother of Melody, Scott, Melinda, Mitchell and Michael Stierheim. Wayne's grandchildren still bear the surname Lawrence - Patrick and Michael. We are planning a visit to Co. Cavan as is daughter Taylor (separately on her honeymoon) and will be hoping to meet some distant cousins!
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