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Recorded in the spellings of Law, Laws and Lawes, this is an Anglo-Scottish surname. It originates from the Northern Medieval English word "law", itself from the Old English "hlaw", usually describing a burial ground or a distinctive hillock or mound, and as such was probably given as a topographical surname to a person who was resident by such a feature. The surname is also widespread in Scotland where there are ten or more places named with the above element, and consequently the surname may be locational as well as topographic in origin. Early examples of recordings include William de Lawe of the county of Essex in 1229; William Law of Cambridgeshire in 1279 and Hugh del Lawe of Yorkshire in 1309...

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