lancum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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There have long been several places named Langham in Britain: there is a village so named in Rutland that dates back to before the Domesday Book , as does the village of Langham in North Essex, which was a Saxon settlement. There was also a Langham in Norfolk and Suffolk. It is most likely that the surname lancum was originally born by someone who hailed from one of these villages.
Early Origins of the lancum family
The surname lancum was first found in Suffolk where the family name was first referenced in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 as William de Langham. The same rolls lists Henry de Longeham in Lincolnshire; and Dionis de Langham in Norfolk.  The Subsidy Rolls of 1327 lists William of Langham in Leicestershire. The name is thought to have meant "homestead of the family" or "followers of a man called Lahha."  Some of the family were found at Elkington in Northamptonshire since the early days. "This parish, through which passes the Grand Union canal, comprises 1868 acres of a moderately productive soil, the property of the Earl Spencer and the Langham family. " 
Important Dates for the lancum family
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lancum Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. lancum has been spelled many different ways, including Langham, Langam, Langum, Langhan, Langhen, Langholm and many more.
Early Notables of the lancum family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Cardinal Simon de Langham (c.1310-1376), Lord Chancellor of England in 1363 and Archbishop of Canterbury in 1366, he fell foul of Edward III later, and lived out the rest of his life in Avignon, France; Sir John Langham, 1st Baronet (1584-1671), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1654 and 1660, a turkey merchant by trade, he acquired a considerable...
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Migration of the lancum family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first lancums to arrive in North America: Christopher Langham, who arrived in New York in 1633; Phillip Langham, who came to Virginia in 1658; and Francis Langham, who came to Barbados in 1664..
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.