Show ContentsLangham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 [1], 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 Langham was originally born by someone who hailed from one of these villages.

Early Origins of the Langham family

The surname Langham 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. [2] 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." [3] 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. " [4]

Early History of the Langham family

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Langham Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Langham family name include Langham, Langam, Langum, Langhan, Langhen, Langholm and many more.

Early Notables of the Langham 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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Langham Ranking

In the United States, the name Langham is the 5,579th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [5]

United States Langham migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Langham surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Langham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Christopher Langham, who arrived in New York in 1633
  • Christopher Langham, aged 26, who landed in New York in 1633 [6]
  • George Langham, who arrived in Maryland in 1652-1658 [6]
  • Phillip Langham, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [6]
Langham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Langham, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 [6]
Langham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Langham, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869 [6]

Australia Langham migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Langham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Langham migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Langham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Langham, aged 33, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865 [12]
  • Catherine Langham, aged 31, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865 [12]
  • Mary Ann Langham, aged 5, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865 [12]
  • Thomas Langham, aged 2, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865 [12]

West Indies Langham migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [13]
Langham Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Francis Langham, who settled in Barbados in 1664

Contemporary Notables of the name Langham (post 1700) +

  • Wallace Langham (b. 1965), American actor and director, known for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), The Larry Sanders Show (1992) and Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
  • Jonathan Nicholas Langham (1861-1945), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1909-1915)
  • Elias Langham (1749-1830), American politician, land surveyor and soldier, Member of the Ohio House of Representatives (1803-1806)
  • James Wallace Langham II (b. 1965), American actor
  • Derald George Langham (1913-1991), American agricultural geneticist
  • Franklin Langham (b. 1969), American professional (PGA) golfer
  • Antonio Langham (b. 1972), American professional (NFL) football player
  • Jonathan Nicholas Langham (1861-1945), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 27th District, 1909-15; Common Pleas Court Judge in Pennsylvania 40th District, 1915-29 [14]
  • John S. Langham, American politician, U.S. Consul in Chihuahua, 1830-42 [14]
  • John D. Langham, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Orleans County, 1922 [14]
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The Langham Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nec sinit esse feros
Motto Translation: Education does not suffer them to be brutal.

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