During that dark period of history known as the Middle Ages, the name of Landor was first used in France. While the patronymic
and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of hereditary surname in France, occupational
surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Landor family, adopted the name of their occupation
as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Landor was an occupational name for a grower of lavender. Looking back further, we find the name Landor was originally from the Old English word lavendier, which indicated someone of that profession.
Early Origins of the Landor family
The surname Landor was first found in Bedfordshire
, where Almaric de Landres held lands in Bedfordshire
in the 13th century. He originated in Burgundy, France with the spelling Landres which is also a commune today in Lorraine
. The northern-eastern location of the name in France makes the Norman influence very probable. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
At about the same time, Ysabelle la Lauendere was listed a census in 1253 and Ralf la Lavendered was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1268. Thomas Launder was listed in Yorkshire
in 1331 and later Elyzabeth Lander was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1524. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Landor family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Landor research.Another 315 words (22 lines of text) covering the year 1550 is included under the topic Early Landor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Landor Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Landers, Lander, Landes, Landis, Landor and others.
Early Notables of the Landor family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Landor family to Ireland
Some of the Landor family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Landor family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Lander who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1724; Samuel Lander settled in Georgia in 1737; William Landers and John Landers arrived in Philadelphia along with Michael in 1790.
Contemporary Notables of the name Landor (post 1700)
- Rosalyn Landor (b. 1958), English actress
- Arnold Henry Savage Landor (1865-1924), English painter and anthropologist
- Robert Eyres Landor (1781-1869), English writer and clergyman, brother of Walter
- Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), English writer