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Today's generation of the Lennox family inherits a name that was first used by the Scottish tribe known as the Picts. The first family to use the name Lennox lived in the district of Lennox, in the county of Dunbarton.

Lennox Early Origins



The surname Lennox was first found in Lennoxtown, a village, in the parish of Campsie, county of Stirling. "This is a considerable place, situated in the centre of the parish, and deriving its name from the family of Lennox, of Woodhead, on whose property it is built." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Of this origin, there can be no doubt, but we include another for the record: "The original name was Leven-ach, the field on the Leven, from the river Leven, which flows through the county. Leven-achs, for a while spelt and written Levenax, and finally Lennox. Arkil, a Saxon, a Baron of Northumbria, who took refuge from the vengeance of the Norman William under the protection of Malcom Canmore, appears to have been the founder of the Lennox family." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print

Another source claims the family was derived from "Egrith, a Saxon noble, who died in 1064, was the ancestor of Alwin Mac Arkyll, who was created Earl of Lennox, temp. Malcolm IV, and was the founder of the family of Lennox." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Sims, Clifford Stanley The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames. 1862. Print.

This stronghold of Lennoxtown is still held by many of the family: "Among the most striking objects around Lennoxtown, is the elegant and newly-built mansion of Lennox Castle, the residence of J. L. Kincaid Lennox, Esq., the superior of the village; this splendid edifice was commenced in 1837, and completed in 1841, and is in the boldest style of the old Norman architecture. The principal entrance is by a handsome portcochere on the north front; and from the lofty towers, which overtop the aged trees that formerly adorned the ancient mansion-house of Woodhead, is a prospect of considerable extent and beauty." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Some of the first records of the name include: "John of Levenax, the duke of Albany's man, had a safe conduct into England, 1400, and John de Lenox witnessed sale of a tenement in Glasgow, 1428. William Levinax, younger, of Caly, was accused of forethought felony and oppression in Kirkcudbright, 1508, and Donald Levenax, a follower of the earl of Casillis, was respited for murder in 1526 " [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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Lennox Spelling Variations


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Lennox Spelling Variations



Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Lennox has appeared Lennox, Lenox, Levenax and others.

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Lennox Early History


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Lennox Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lennox research. Another 152 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1500 and are included under the topic Early Lennox History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lennox Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lennox Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Lennox Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lennox In Ireland


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Lennox In Ireland



Some of the Lennox family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North Ameri ca. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Lennox:

Lennox Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Lennox, who landed in New York in 1783
  • Patrick Lennox, who arrived in New England in 1785
  • David Lennox, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1799

Lennox Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ann Lennox, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Alexander, Andrew, Charles, David, John, Patrick, Robert, Thomas and William Lennox all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • Andrew Lennox, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1875
  • Christina Lennox, aged 33, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1897

Lennox Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • David Lennox, aged 35, who settled in America from Dumbarton, in 1900
  • Algernon Gordon Lennox, aged 56, who landed in America from Banbary, in 1903
  • Eddie Lennox, aged 19, who landed in America from Balleymajgger, in 1904
  • Alesie Lennox, aged 24, who landed in America from London, in 1905
  • Elizabeth Lennox, aged 16, who landed in America from Derry, Ireland, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lennox Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Lennox, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829

Lennox Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Emeline J. Lennox, aged 40, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1910

Lennox Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Lennox, aged 20, a dairy woman, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"

Lennox Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Lennox arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Owen Glendowner" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lennox (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lennox (post 1700)



  • David Lennox (1855-1947), American inventor and businessman, founder of Lennox International
  • Betty Bernice Lennox (b. 1976), American former professional basketball player
  • William M. Lennox, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964
  • William Lennox, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1908
  • George E. Lennox, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 18th District, 1960, 1962
  • Frank R. Lennox, American politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 37th District, 1915
  • Dennis Lennox, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 2008
  • Charlotte Lennox (1730-1804), née Ramsay, a Scottish author and poet, most remembered now as the author of The Female Quixote
  • Robert "Bobby" Lennox MBE (b. 1943), former Scottish professional footballer
  • Ann "Annie" Lennox OBE (b. 1954), Scottish eight-time Brit Award winning and four-time Grammy Award winning pop musician, cofounder of the Eurythmics
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  3. ^ Sims, Clifford Stanley The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames. 1862. Print.
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  2. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  3. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  5. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. 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).
  10. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  11. ...

The Lennox Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lennox 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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