Origin of Surname
This name started as a medieval personal name, derived from the latin Laurentius, meaning victorious.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
There is only one example of the name in the Domesday Book of 1086. However, a century later, the name became popular, leading to modern surnames ranging from Laurance, Lawrence and Lorence, to Laurens and Lorenz.
The first record of the name is that of Magister Laurentius, a cleric, which was dated circa 1150, in "Episcopal Records of Glasgow", Scotland, during the reign of King David 1
It is a very common name in Normandy today, spelt Laurent, but we have renamed this page to reflect the much more usual Jersey spelling of Laurens.
The name appears as Laurens in the Extente of 1528 and Brice, Guillemyne and Johan appear in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550. Although there is a record of Lauerneys in 1340, it is not certain that this is a variant and the dates of other records suggest that despite the naming of one of Jersey's parishes as St Laurens (now St Lawrence), the family name did not arrive in Jersey until the 16th century, suggesting that perhaps it did originate in England.
The first baptism in the registers is from 1597, but the following earlier record is known
Jean Laurens was born in St Lawrence about 1540 and died there in 1615. He married Rauline Le Bas and they had a son Elie, who married a Miss Le Boutillier in 1595. Elie and his wife had a son Jean in about 1600, who married Jeanne Le Gallois.
- Laurens, 1515
- Laurence, 1528
- Lauerneys c1340
- Laurens baptisms in Jersey
- Laurens marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Laurens marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Laurens burials in Jersey
- Descendants of Richard Laurens
- Descendants of Jean Laurens
- Descendants of Jean Laurens and Jeanne
- Descendants of Francois Laurens
- Descendants of Jean Laurens - 2
- Descendants of Elie Laurens - 2 Added 2022
- Philip Morel-Laurens, 19th century photographer
- Alfred Laurent, basket maker
Great War service
- Fernhill, St Helier
- Albany House, St Lawrence
- Bras-de-Fer, Trinity
An envelope addressed to Mr M Laurens in 1942, during the German Occupation - this was Malcolm Raymond Austin Laurens (1896- ) ...
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