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
(1085), as does the village of Langham in North Essex
, which was a Saxon settlement. There was also a Langham in Norfolk
. It is most likely that the surname langhelm was originally born by someone who hailed from this village.
Early Origins of the langhelm family
The surname langhelm was first found in Leicestershire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1327 when William of Langham held estates.
Early History of the langhelm family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our langhelm research.Another 369 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1395, 1538, 1455, 1487, 1671, 1671, 1660, 1310, 1376, 1363 and 1366 are included under the topic Early langhelm History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
langhelm 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 langhelm family name include Langholm, Langholme and others.
Early Notables of the langhelm family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the langhelm family to the New World and Oceana
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 langhelm surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Christopher Langham, who arrived in New York in 1633; Phillip Langham, who came to Virginia in 1658; Francis Langham, who came to Barbados in 1664; and James Langholm, who settled in New York in 1832..
The langhelm 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: In cruce salus
Motto Translation: Salvation from the cross.