Lane Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Lane Coat of Arms Meaning

The four main devices (symbols) in the Lane blazon are the saltire, mullet, arrow and swan. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and azure.

Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).3A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154

The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 4A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 5The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36.

The saltire is one the major ordinaries, large charges that occupy the whole of the field 6A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Saltire. Arguably one of the best uses of this device is that of the St. Andrews Cross, a white saltire on a blue background found on the Scottish flag. The saltire is obviously closely related to the Cross, and Wade in his work on Heraldic Symbology suggests additionally that it alludes to “Resolution”, whilst Guillim, an even more ancient writer, somewhat fancifully argues that it is awarded to those who have succesfully scaled the walls of towns! 7A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P63

The heraldic mullet, not to be confused with the fish of that name, is shown as a regular, five pointed star. This was originally, not an astronomical object, but represented the spur on a horseman’s boot, especially when peirced, with a small circular hole in the centre it represents a type of spur known as a “rowel” 8Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 97. A clear example can be found in the arms of Harpendene, argent, a mullet pierced gules. The ancient writer Guillim associated such spurs in gold as belonging to the Knight, and the silver to their esquires 9A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P107. In later years, Wade linked this five pointed star with the true celestial object, the estoile and termed it a “falling star”, symbolising a “divine quality bestowed from above” 10The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P105.

Given the martial nature of the origins of Heraldry, in the identification of knights and men-at-arms it can come as no surprise that mediaeval weaponry of all types are frequently to be found in a coat of arms 11Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 89. The regular prescence of the arrow, both singly and in groups is evidence of this. In British heraldry a lone arrow normally points downward, but in the French tradition it points upwards. 12A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Arrow. The presence of an arrow in a coat of arms is reckoned to indicate “martial readiness” by Wade. 13The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P111

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Lane Name

Lane Origin:

France, Ireland, England

Origins of Lane:

The surname of Lane can be derived from any of the three cultures of French, Irish, and English. There are three possible origins associated with the surname of Lane. The first possible origin of the surname of Lane is that is is a topographical surname. This means that this surname was given to someone who lived on or near a man-made or natural structure. This structure would have been a notable landmark or area within a town or village, thus making it distinguishable to those who hailed from this area. In the case of the surname of Lane, this surname was used to describe someone who lived near a narrow passageway that included between houses. This particular derivation comes from the Old English Pre 7th Century word of “lanu” which can be translated to mean “narrow.” The second possible origin of the surname of Lane is that it was an occupational surname. This means that the original bearer of the surname of Lane most likely worked in wool, meaning that he actually carried out this job. Occupational surnames were not originally hereditary surnames. They only became hereditary if the son followed in his father’s footsteps for a career; then the surname became hereditary and was used by the children and spouse of the son. In the case of the surname of Lane, this possible derivation stems from the Old French word of “laine” which can be translated to mean “wool.” The third and final possible derivation of the surname of Lane comes from the Irish culture. The Old Gaelic surname of “O’Laighn” which can be translated to mean “the son of the spear,” and the surname “O’Luain” which can be translated to mean “descendent of the warrior,” are possible origins for this surname. In the Irish culture, the surname of Lane most often means, “warrior” or “soldier.”

Variations:

More common variations are: Laine, Laney, Layne, Loane, Leane, Lawne, Lanie, Lanne, Lanoe, Laune

England:

The first recorded spelling of the surname of Lane can be found in the country of England. One person who was recorded to be named as Ralph de la Lane was mentioned in the document which was known as the Pipe Rolls of Kent in the year of 1176. This document was ordered, decreed, and written under the reign of one King Henry II of England, who was known throughout the ages as “The Builder of Churches.” King Henry II of England ruled from the year 1154 to the year 1189. Those who bear the surname of Lane within the country of England can be found in high concentrations in various areas around the country, but largely in Kent and London.

United States of America:

The United States of America houses many people who bear the surname of Lane. The first person who bore this surname was named as one Alice Lane, who was said to have settled in the state of Virginia in the year of 1620, making her one of the earliest settlers in this country. Those who bear the surname of Lane within the United States of America can be found within the states of Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Texas, and in California.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Lane: United States 148,423; England 28,781; Australia 12,303; Canada 9,761; South Africa 5,150; Brazil 5,136; Philippines 3,287; Ireland 2,937; Germany 2,387; Wales 2,325

Notable People:

Mark Lane (1927-2016) who was an attorney from America who was also the state legislator from New York and also a conspiracy theorist on the president John F. Kennedy’s assassination

Louis Gardner Lane (1923-2016) Who was a musical conductor from America who was awarded a Grammy

Anthony “Tony” Samuel Lane (1944-2016) who was a politician from America who served as a delegate to the Indiana State Constitutional Convention in the year 1816 and who also served and the State of Indiana treasurer from the year 1816 to the year 1823 as well as being a member of the Indiana State Senate from the year 1827 to the year 1830

Richard “Dick” Gautier Lane (1927-2015) who was a politician from America who served as a member of the Georgia State House of Representatives from the year 1966 to the year 1984 the Dick Lane bridge which stretches over the Chattahoochee River is oh his namesake

Francais Lane who was born in the year 1874 was an Olympic athlete from America who earned bronze medal in the 1896 Olympic games for his 100-meter run

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Wycombe, co. Bucks, Allhallow-Gussing, cos. Dorset, and Hereford; Lord Mayor of London, 1695; Courteen Hall, Hanler, Twinden, Horton, and Walgrave, co. Northampton, and cos. Somerset and York). (co. Gloucester). Per pale az. and gu. three saltires couped ar. Crest—Two eagles’ heads issuant out of a crescent or, the dexter gu. the sinister az. (Some bear the dexter head az. and the sinister gu.).
2) (King's Bromley, co. Stafford, and Lily Hill, co. Berks; originally of Hyde and Bentley, Staffordshire). Motto—Garde le Roy. (Royal lions being the augmentation granted to the family for “the great and signal service performed by John Lane, Esq., of Bentley, in the county of Stafford, in his ready concurring to the preservation of King Charles II. after the battle of Worcester). Per fesse or and az. a chev. gu. betw. three mullets counterchanged, on a canton of the third the royal lions of England. Crests—1st: A strawberry roan horse saliant, couped at the flanks, bridled sa. bitted and garnished or, supporting betw. the feet an imperial crown ppr.; 2nd: Out of a ducal coronet or, a pair of wings endorsed ppr.
3) (Cottesbroke, co. Northants). Per pale gu. and az. three saltires couped ar., impaled by Bedell, of Hamerton: Gu. a chev. engr. betw. three escallops ar.
4) (Stratford, co. Warwick. Visit. Warwick). Sa. a chev. betw. three arrows ar.
5) (co. Kent). Or, on a chief az. two mullets of the field.
6) (Badgemore, co. Oxford). Motto—Nec degenero. Per pale az. and gu. three saltires couped ar. Crest—Two griffins’ heads, one gu. the other az. issuing out of a crescent or.
7) (London). Gu. on a fesse wavy betw. three swans ppr. membered or, as many crosses pattée sa. on each four bezants.
8) (London). Gu. on a fesse wavy betw. three swans ar. as many crosses formée or.
9) (Twickenham, co. Middlesex). Or, on a fesse gu. betw. three torteaux a trefoil slipped betw. two mullets or. Crest—A demi griffin ar.
10) (co. Northampton). Per chev. or and az. a lion ramp. counterchanged.
11) (Great Yarmouth, and co. Northumberland). Per pale az. and ar. three saltires couped counterchanged.
12) (Hyde and Bentley, co. Stafford). Or, a chev. gu. betw. three mullets pierced az.
13) (Ipswich, co. Suffolk). Ar. three chevronels sa. Crest—A demi lion ramp. gu. bezantée holding betw. the paws a bezant.
14) (Bridgetown, co. Warwick; confirmed by the Deputies of Camden, Clarenceux, to Richard Lane; Her. Visit.). Az. three fireballs or, flammant ppr.
15) Or, a chev. ermines betw. three mullets pierced az. Crest—A dexter arm vested ermines, turned up and indented ar. holding in the hand ppr. a mullet az.
16) Per pale ar. and sa. a saltire purp. betw. four fleurs-de-lis counterchanged.
17) Ar. a fesse betw. six crosses crosslet fitchée gu.
18) Gu. a lion pass. guard. betw. three saltires couped or.
19) (Ryelands, co. Hereford, representative of Rodd, of the Rodd). Motto—Celeriter. Per pale az. and gu. three saltires couped ar., quartering Rodd (Ar. two trefoils in fess vert, a chief or.). Crest—Out of a crescent or, two griffins’ heads addorsed, one gu. the other az.
20) (Moundsley Hall, Kingsnorton, co. Worcester). Per pale az. and gu. three saltires couped or. Crest—Two eagles’ heads addorsed, one gu. the other az. issuing out of a crescent or.
21) (Coffleet, co. Devon). Per pale az. and gu. three saltires couped ar., quartering Veale, ar. on a bend sa. three calves pass, of the first; and Tothill, ar. on a bend sa. cotised of the same a lion pass. guard. of the first. Crest—Two eagles’ heads addorsed issuing out of a crescent or, dexter gu. sinister az.
22) (Sir Ralph Lane, knighted by Sir William Fitz-Wiluam, Lord Deputy of Ireland, 1588-94). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, per pale az. and gu. three saltires couped ar.; 2nd, quarterly, 1st and 4th. ar. two bars az. a border engr. sa., 2nd and 3rd, or, three water bougets sa.; 3rd, gyronny of eight or and sa. on a canton gu. a covered cup ar.
23) (Sir William Lane, of Horton, co. Northampton, knighted at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, 27 March, 1597, by Sir William Russell, Lord Deputy). Per pale ar. and gu. three saltires couped, that in the dexter chief az., that in sinister of the first, and that in base per pale of the third and first.
24) (Tulske, co. Roscommon; Fun. Ent. Ulster's Office. 1631, Mabel, wife of Richard Lane). Or, on a bend betw. two fleurs-de-lis gu. a lion pass. of the field.
25) (Viscount Lanesborough, extinct 1724). Ar. a lion, ramp. sa. a border sa. on a canton az. a crown or.
26) (Lane-Fox). (Baron Bingley, extinct 1772; George Fox, eldest son of Henry Fox, Esq., by Hon. Frances Lane, his wife, sister of the last Viscount Lanesborough, assumed the surname of Lane on inheriting his maternal uncle's estates, and was created a peer 1762). Motto—Inconcussa virtus. Quarterly, 1st and 4th, same as the preceding, for Lane; 2nd and 3rd, ar. a chev. betw. three foxes' heads erased gu., for Fox. Crest—Out of a ducal coronet or, a demi griffin segreant sa. winged ar. Supporters—Two bears ar.
27) (Reg. Ulster's Office to Sir George Lane). Or, on a bend gu. betw. two fleurs-de-lis sa. a lion pass, of the first. Crest—A mermaid holding a cup.
28) (Roscommon, Ireland; granted 6 April, 1661). Ar. a lion ramp. gu. armed az. a bordure sa. Crest—Out of a ducal coronet or, a demi griffin sa. winged ar.

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1. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
2. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52
3. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154
4. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure
5. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
6. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Saltire
7. A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P63
8. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 97
9. A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P107
10. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P105
11. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 89
12. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Arrow
13. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P111