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Annie Laurens, nee Gibaut

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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
Letitia Laurens
Rome in the mid 3rd Century, who was martyred under Valerian in 258 AD, and the church of Edzel in Scotland is dedicated to him.

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.

Early records

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 Laurent (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.


Variants

  • Laurens, 1515
  • Laurent
  • Laurence, 1528
  • Lorens
  • Lorans
  • Lorains
  • Laureneys
  • Lauerneys c1340

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Laurens baptisms in Jersey



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Laurens wedding

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G D Laurens of Queen Street

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Family gravestone in St Lawrence Church cemetery

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