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Recorded in many forms as shown below, this is a famous Scottish clan name. It derives from the Gaelic Mac Labhruinn, meaning literally the son of Lawrence, with Labhruinn, being an early medieval form of Lawrence. This name, introduced into Europe and specifically in the this case Scotland, by returning Crusader knights of the 12th century, derives from the Latin name "Laurentius" meaning the city of laurels. The forename is first recorded as Laurentius in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk, in England in 1141.

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