Lanherne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Lanherne family

The surname Lanherne 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 Lanherne family

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Lanherne Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Lanherne has been recorded under many different variations, including Langhere, Lengherne, Lanherne, Langherne, Pincerna, Pincerne, Pincen, Lincerna and many more.

Early Notables of the Lanherne family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Lanherne family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Lanherne 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. ^ Lower, 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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