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This rare and interesting surname is of French origin and is a nickname given to a loyal trustworthy person. The derivation is from the Old French "leaute", the Latin "legalis", meaning law, obligation, from which the Middle English "lawty", loyalty, is derived. In the modern idiom the variants include Laity, Lawty, Lewt(e)y and L(e)uty, and the following examples illustrate the name development from 1212 (see below) Alan Leaute (1256, Ramsey Abbey Charters), Grizel Lawte (1566, Dunfermline), Thomas Lawtye (1613, Yorkshire Wills), Mary Lawty (1753, Throcking, Hertfordshire) and the christening of John Lawtey at All Saints, Loughborough, Leicestershire on May 15th 1828, and of Ann Lawty on May 10th 1795 at Ashby de la Zouch are both recorded in Leicestershire.

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