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Where did the English Lemoine family come from? What is the English Lemoine family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Lemoine family history?
Spelling variations of this family name include: Moine, Moigne, Moyne, Le Moine, De Moin, Demoine, Demoyne, Moygne and many more.
First found in Somerset where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book,  indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of lands consisting of 55 Lordships, held by William de Moyon of Moion, near St.Lo in Normandy, who was at Hastings a great Norman Baron who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Dunster Castle was his principal seat. He is buried in the priory in Bath. They became the Earls of Somerset and Dorset and the Barons of Okehampton.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lemoine research. Another 190 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1298 and 1306 are included under the topic Early Lemoine History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Lemoine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Lemoine family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 131 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Lemoine Settlers in the 17th Century
Lemoine Settlers in the 18th Century
Lemoine Settlers in the 19th Century
Lemoine Settlers in the 20th Century
The Lemoine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lemoine 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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