Meaning and Origin of: Law

Family name origins & meanings

  • Scottish and northern English : from a Middle English short form of Lawrence.
  • Scottish and northern English : topographic name for someone who lived near a hill, northern Middle English law (from Old Englishhlāw ‘hill’, ‘burial mound’).
  • Scottish and northern English : Richard Law emigrated from England to America in 1638. In 1641 he was one of the founders of Stamford, CT. Others of the Law family were born in Milford, CT: Jonathan (b. 1674), who was governor 1741–50, Richard (b. 1733), a revolutionary patriot and jurist; and Andrew (b. 1748/49), a composer of sacred music.

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