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Where did the English latham family come from? What is the English latham family crest and coat of arms? When did the latham family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the latham family history?

The name latham first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in Latham in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in Lathom in Lancashire and Laytham in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The place-name Latham was originally derived from the Old Norse word hlathum, which is the plural form of hlath, which means a barn. Therefore the original bearers of the latham surname were dwellers at the barns.

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name latham has appeared include Latham, Lathem, Lathom and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our latham research. Another 211 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1610 and 1677 are included under the topic Early latham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 55 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early latham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the latham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name latham arrived in North America very early:

latham Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Latham, who settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1620 after arriving on the "Mayflower"
  • Robert Latham, who arrived in Virginia in 1620
  • Carey Latham settled came to New London Conn in 1630
  • Jane Latham, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • Wm Latham, who landed in Virginia in 1653


latham Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Latham settled in Virginia in 1735

latham Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Latham, who arrived in Maryland in 1802
  • Henry Latham, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Elias Latham, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Hugh Latham, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Martha Latham, who landed in New York, NY in 1815


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  • Milton Slocum Latham (1827-1882), American Governor of California (for five days) and United States Senator
  • Woodville Latham (1837-1911), American Major with the Confederacy during the American Civil War, and professor of chemistry at University of West Virginia
  • Tom Latham (b. 1948), American politician, member of the US House of Representatives for Iowa (1994-)
  • John Cridland Latham (1888-1975), United States Army soldier awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War I
  • Robert Gordon Latham (1812-1888), English ethnologist and philologist
  • Sir Charles Latham (1888-1970), British politician, 1st Baron Latham
  • Sir John Latham KBE (1877-1964), Australian judge and politician, fifth Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia


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  • The Ancestry of Arthur Wood Latham by Margaret Latham Worden.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Aequanimitate
Motto Translation: Equanimity

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The latham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The latham Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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