Lawless Family History
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Lawless Name Meaning
Scottish, Irish, and English: nickname for an unbridled and licentious man, from Middle English laghless, lawelas (a compound of late Old English lagu ‘law’ (from Old Norse) + the native suffix -l(e)as ‘without’, ‘lacking’). Reaney suggests additionally that this name may have referred to an outlaw (i.e. one from whom the protection of the law had been withdrawn), but this seems unlikely.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press
Similar surnames: Harless, Lawler, Lawley, Wanless, Garness, Lawlis, Farless, Eales