Last name: Law

Recorded in the spellings of Law, Laws and Lawes, this is an Anglo-Scottish surname. It originates from the Northern Medieval English word "law", itself from the Old English "hlaw", usually describing a burial ground or a distinctive hillock or mound, and as such was probably given as a topographical surname to a person who was resident by such a feature. The surname is also widespread in Scotland where there are ten or more places named with the above element, and consequently the surname may be locational as well as topographic in origin. Early examples of recordings include William de Lawe of the county of Essex in 1229; William Law of Cambridgeshire in 1279 and Hugh del Lawe of Yorkshire in 1309. Robert de Lawe of Scotland, was granted a safe conduct to pass through England on his return from Spain in 1428, and in 1488 James of Law was noted in the records of the burgh of Prestwick. Henry Lawes (1596 - 1662) a notable musician, was a gentleman of the Chapel Royal in 1626, and a composer of note. His brother William Lawes, also a musical composer, lost his life fighting for the royalists against the Parliamentarians at the siege of Chester in 1645. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John de la Law. This was dated 1208, in the Curia Regis Rolls of the county of Worcestershire, during the reign of King John of England, 1199 - 1216. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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I agree with John Law though.. 'Law' surname obviously originated from Scotland and England.

Nadia Law
im of chinese origin and Law goes back to my grandfather's father living in Hong Kong so im confused

David Law
During the Anglo-Saxon middle period 800s AD the Vikings occupied part of East Anglia. That part was called Danelaw, at that time. I wonder if the name Law could have derived from there?

Amanda laws smego
Grandmother told me Laws came from the old country when their potato crops failed. Meaning IRISH. But also said we have ancestors
In kilts lol SCOTTISH

David Law
The Irish potato famine was in the 1840 s. It is recorded that the Vikings had already invaded Ireland in the 700 s AD.

Younglim Law

My last name in chinese is a Book and Sword as the hieroglyphic. As a solo character,it means justice and judgement. And the pronunciation in Cantonese sounds like “Law” in English

Michael Laws
I had no clue about the history of my last name until I read this. Hopefully there is more to it.

Chris Laws
Yeah ive not been able to find for sure answer as to where LAWS comes from yet either. I always seem to find LAW more than any other name.

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