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Where did the English lankford family come from? What is the English lankford family crest and coat of arms? When did the lankford family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the lankford family history?

The name lankford has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the regions of Langford which were in eight counties throughout England. lankford is a habitation name from the broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name lankford have been found, including Langford, Langforde, Langfort, Longford and many more.

First found in Bedfordshire at Langford, a village and civil parish alongside the River Ivel. With multiple listings of the same village throughout England ( Bedfordshire, Essex, Nottinghamshire and as Langford Budville in Somerset), it is difficult to give a precise local for the surname's origin. However, of all of them, the village in Bedfordshire has traditionally had the highest population over the years. Some are listed in the Domesday Book as follows: Langeford, Bedfordshire; Langheforda, Essex; and Landeforde, Nottinghamshire. The place name literally means "long ford" from the Old English lang + ford. But the Nottinghamshire village could have been derived from "ford of a man called Landa" from the Old English personal name + ford. [1] There are other villages and parishes named Langford, in England but these are the oldest. The Cornwall local cannot be found today, but it is from this local that many of the family originated. Roger de Langford was sheriff of Cornwall in 1225. He took his surname from the parish of Marham Church. [2]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lankford research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 122 and 1229 are included under the topic Early lankford History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early lankford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the lankford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name lankford, or a variant listed above:

lankford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Lankford, who arrived in Maryland in 1676
  • Thomas Lankford, aged 20, landed in Maryland in 1684

lankford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frank Lankford, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1896

lankford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Milton Lankford, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1919
  • William Lankford, aged 48, who emigrated to America, in 1924
  • William A. Lankford, aged 51, who landed in America, in 1924
  • William H. Lankford, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States, in 1924
  • Jerome J. Lankford, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1924


  • John A. Lankford (1874-1946), American architect, the first professionally licensed African-American architect in Virginia
  • Frank Lankford (b. 1971), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher
  • Paul Lankford (b. 1958), American retired National Football League corner back
  • Kim Lankford (b. 1955), American actress
  • William Chester Lankford (1877-1964), American politician, teacher, jurist and lawyer
  • Richard Estep Lankford (1914-2003), American politician
  • James Lankford (b. 1968), American politician, U.S. Representative for Oklahoma's 5th congressional district
  • Raymond Lewis Lankford (b. 1967), American former Major League Baseball center fielder


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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The lankford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lankford Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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