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This ancient surname is recorded in over one hundred spelling forms ranging from the Scottish and English Lawrence and Laurens, to Laurant (France), Lorentz (Germany), Lorenzo (Spain), Renzi (Italy), and Vavrik (Czech). However spelt the ultimate surname derives from the male given name "Laurentius", which itself originates from Laurentium, the "city of laurels", in Italy. The idea of the laurel as a symbol of victory was probably the principal reason for the popularity of the name. Among Christians it became a favourite name through St. Laurence, Archdeacon of Rome in the mid 3rd Century, who was martyred under Valerian in 258 A...

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I am from Cape Town in South Africa. Any Lawrences who emigrated from Ireland to South Africa? Thank you.


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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