lanhere History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the lanhere family

The surname lanhere was first found in Cornwall where "a manor in the parish of St. Mawgan is where a family called Pincerna settled, and adopted the local name as their surname. " [1] The family name was first referenced in the 12th century when they held lands as St. Mawgan in Cornwall.

"The situation of [Mawgan in Pyder, Cornweall], is in the deanery and hundred of Pyder, about three miles west-north-west of St. Columb. Exclusive of the church town, Carloggas, Tregurrian, and Trevarrian, are its principal villages. Its lands in some places, which gently incline towards the northern shore, are exceedingly fertile, and the valley of Lanherne is peculiarly pleasant. It has been a subject of much perplexity and doubt, whether the manor of Lanherne shortly after the Norman Conquest, belonged to the family of Pincerna, or to a family denominated Lanherne. The last of the Lanhernes is said to be John de Lanherne, who married Margaret the daughter of Richard Fitz John; by whom he had one daughter, named Alice. This lady in 1231, was married to Sir Remphrey Arundell of Trembleth ; from which time Lanherne became the seat and property of this ancient and eminent family." [2]

Early History of the lanhere family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lanhere research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early lanhere History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

lanhere Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like lanhere are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name lanhere include: Langhere, Lengherne, Lanherne, Langherne, Pincerna, Pincerne, Pincen, Lincerna and many more.

Early Notables of the lanhere family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early lanhere Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the lanhere family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name lanhere or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print


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