Lands History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Lands arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Lands family lived in Kent. Their surname, however, is a topographical reference which translates as the dweller at the launde and indicates that the original bearer once lived near an open wood.

Early Origins of the Lands family

The surname Lands was first found in Kent where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Lands family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lands research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1210 is included under the topic Early Lands History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lands Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Land, Lande and others.

Early Notables of the Lands family (pre 1700)

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United States Lands migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Lands or a variant listed above:

Lands Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Kat Lands, who arrived in Virginia in 1647 [1]
Lands Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Lands, who landed in America in 1795 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lands (post 1700) +

  • Kenneth W. Lands (1908-1983), American politician, Mayor of Athens, Ohio, 1958-61 [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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