Lane Family History
The family history of the ancient name Lane was found in the irishsurnames.com archives. Lane is a locality name meaning 'from the narrow road'. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Robert de la Lane of County Devonshire who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. A David Laine was a tenant in Balledy, Scotland, in the year 1510. A William Lane was recorded in the 'Close Rolls' in the reign of Henry III and a Jurdan Lane, County Somerset, was recorded in 'Kirby's Quest', in the reign of Edward III. In Ireland the name Lane is often used as an anglicized form of the native Gaelic O'Liathain Sept of Counties Cork and Limerick, which is also anglicized as Lehane and Lyons.The Lane family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Lane descendants.