The Irish surname Lawless, also found in England and Scotland, is a nickname for an unbridled and licentious man, derived from the Middle English term laghless, lawelas (a compound of late Old English lagu ‘law’ (from Old Norse) + the native suffix -l(e)as ‘without’, ‘lacking’). The first recorded spelling of the family name may be that of Huge Laghlese. This was dated 1314, in the "Writs of Parliament." In Ireland the name Lawless is found most frequently in counties Galway and Kilkenny. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1750 when Francis Lawless arrived in Nova Scotia Canada. Today there are approximately 9,000 bearers of the name Lawless living in the United States.
FIND MY FAMILY CREST