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The name lack is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a doctor. Throughout the Middle Ages, doctors were known as "leaches" as the practice of bleeding sick people was the generally accepted manner of curing them. There are countless people in the Middle Ages who died thanks to the common cold; not because the virus killed them, but because they bled to death on the advice of their physicians. Bleeding was accomplished by placing a dozen or so leaches on the person who was ill so that they could remove the poisons that were making them ill, hence the name "leach" for the occupation of doctor. It is small wonder that illness was so feared in the medieval period; many people died from illnesses that would not have otherwise killed them because their doctors were weakening them through loss of blood.

lack Early Origins



The surname lack was first found in Cheshire 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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lack Spelling Variations


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lack Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of lack include Leach, Leech, Leche, Leitch, Leich, Leetch and others.

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lack Early History


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lack Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lack research. Another 287 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1150 and 1325 are included under the topic Early lack History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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lack Early Notables (pre 1700)


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lack Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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lack In Ireland


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lack In Ireland



Some of the lack 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



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The lack were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

lack Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joh Engelbert Lack, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • J Henrich Lack, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1763

lack Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Nanette Lack, who landed in America in 1852

lack Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Lack arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Bronte" in 1849

lack Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Lack arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861

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Contemporary Notables of the name lack (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name lack (post 1700)



  • Thomas Lack, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Chester County, 1901-02
  • Jonathon H. Lack, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alaska, 2004
  • James J. Lack, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Senate 2nd District, 1979-91
  • Bill Lack, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 2008
  • Andrew John Lack (b. 1953), English biologist and author
  • David Lambert Lack (1910-1973), British evolutionary biologist awarded the Darwin Medal in 1972
  • Stephen Lack (b. 1946), Genie Award-winning Canadian actor and screenwriter

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. 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).
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 7 October 2015 at 14:17.

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