This surname of LANE was derived from the Old English word 'lanu' a locational name, the dweller in the lane. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Early records of the name mention Ralph de la Lane, 1176, County Kent. Osbertus in Lane, was documented in 1212, in County Surrey. Walter atte Lane was recorded in 1260 in Cambridge, and Nicholas atte Lone, 1275, County Surrey. William atte Lane, was recorded in County Oxford. 1300 Jurdan atte Lane of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of the year 1379. John Lane and Joanna Noxe were married in London in the year 1567. William Lane of County Berkshire, registered at Oxford University in the year 1580. The name was taken to Ireland by settlers, but there is also evidence that some Lanes in Ireland have this name as a variant of a surname of Irish origin, such as Lehane, Lyne and Lyons, all from the province of Munster where most families of the name originate. Ireland was one of the earliest countries to evolve a system of hereditary surnames. They came into being fairly generally in the 11th century, and indeed a few were formed before the year 1000. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Roscommon, Ireland, granted 6th April, 1661. A certain William Lane emigrated from England to Dorchester, Massachusetts about the year 1635. He was the ancestor of a prominent New England family. In the Middle Ages the Herald (old French herault) was an officer whose duty it was to proclaim war or peace, carry challenges to battle and messages between sovereigns; nowadays war or peace is still proclaimed by the heralds, but their chief duty as court functionaries is to superintend state ceremonies, such as coronations, installations, and to grant arms. Edward III (1327-1377) appointed two heraldic kings-at-arms for south and north, Surroy and Norroy in 1340. The English College of Heralds was incorporated by Richard III in 1483-84.
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