landles is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The landles family lived near a forest which is derived from the Old French word launde, which means forest glade. The English landles family was originally of Landells of Bire in Normandy. The family name landles 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 landles was established by Norman landholders in the county of Roxburghshire.
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Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Landale, Lansdale, Landall, Landell, Landells and many more.
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, travelling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name landles or a variant listed above:
landles Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Pessie Landles, aged 23, originally from Paunadel, Russia, arrived in New York, New York in 1906 aboard the ship "Oceanic" from Liverpool, England
Sarah Landles, aged 25, originally from Renfrew, Scotland, arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Glasgow, Scotland
Agnes Landles, aged 8, originally from Renfrew, Scotland, arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Glasgow, Scotland
May Landles, aged 21, originally from Eyemouth, Scotland, arrived in New York City, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England
Leith George Landles, aged 28, originally from Eyemouth, Scotland, arrived in New York City, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England