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About The Berkshire UK Lawrence Family
First a little information on the Surname.
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.D., the church of Edzel in Scotland is dedicated to him. 
There is only one example of the name in the earliest known public records, the 
Domesday Book of England in 1086; however, by a century later, the name had 
become popular at all social levels. This in turn lead to the recognisable 
modern English and Scottish surnames Lawrence, Laurence and Lawrance, and such 
variants as Laurie and Lowrie. Early examples of recordings include Johan Lauri 
of Ulm in 1376, and Lucas Laurenci of Mahren, Germany, in 1447. In the church 
registers of London, England from the time of Queen Elizabeth 1st we have the 
christening of Ann Lawrence, on January 12th 1555, at St. Pancras', and one of 
the earliest settlers in the New World was Richard Lawrence, aged 20 yrs. He 
left London in January 1634, bound for the Barbados Island. The first recorded 
spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Magister Laurentius, a 
cleric, which was dated circa 1150, in the "Episcopal Records of Glasgow", 
Scotland. This was during the reign of King David 1 of Scotland, 1124 - 1153. 
Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In 
England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every 
country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of 
the original spelling.
And now, Welcome! to the Berkshire UK Lawrence Family. Please Sign my guest 
book it is nice to know someone is looking in.
My thanks go out to the Pepper genealogy website, The Lane Family for wonderful 
history info and the Big Maskrey website, the Canadian and Australian Cousins 
for their extensions to my family, they did the hard work I just did the 
typing. This is a collection of pictures and data of my family both direct and 
indirect. 
An on going project so there are blanks as well as data, I will 
endeavour to fill with pictures and data gradually so if you have pictures or 
data let me know I welcome all the help I can get.
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