The history of the landels family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived near a forest which is derived from the Old French word launde,
which means forest glade. The English landels family was originally of Landells of Bire in Normandy
. The family name landels was brought to England
after the Norman Conquest
, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon
aristocrats. The surname landels was established by Norman landholders in the county of Roxburghshire.
Early Origins of the landels family
The surname landels was first found in Roxburghshire
where they granted lands by King David of Scotland
about 1150. They were originally of Landells in Bire in Normandy.
Early History of the landels family
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landels Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Landale, Lansdale, Landall, Landell, Landells and many more.
Early Notables of the landels family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the landels family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with landels name or one of its variants: Robert Landall settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and servants; Steven Lansdale, his wife Margaret, and son William, settled in Barbados in 1678.